Everton linked with shock swoop for former Chelsea firebrand

Everton are plotting a shock move for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to various reports.

Costa has fallen out with the hierarchy at Atletico Madrid after he ended the La Liga season with an eight-match ban due to an outburst at an official, which has led to him being placed on the transfer list.

Meanwhile, Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri is keen to follow up the additions of Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl with a marquee signing to further boost Everton’s profile – and according to both The Daily Mail and the Mirror, Costa is in his sights.

Moshiri needs to provide head coach Marco Silva with more firepower up front, with neither of the side’s recognised centre-forwards (Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin) hitting double figures last season.

Costa only scored two La Liga goals last season, but was far more prolific in his Chelsea days, in which he scored 59 goals in 120 games – nearly a rate of a goal every other game.

However, a new update from the Liverpool Echo claims that Everton are more likely to focus on younger targets, with Costa turning 31 in three months’ time.


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