Diego Costa could sign a pre-contract agreement with Tottenham in January, according to reports in Spain.
Costa is in the final year of his contract with Atletico Madrid, where he has scored just 18 times since returning from Chelsea in January 2018 and is ready to move on.
The Spain international previously enjoyed a prolific spell in the Premier League, although he wasn’t without his controversial moments. His Chelsea career ended with 59 goals from 120 games.
Jose Mourinho initially took Costa to Stamford Bridge in 2014, and according to Don Balon, the Tottenham boss is now eyeing a reunion with the striker.
The Spanish outlet claims that Mourinho has identified Costa as ideal competition for Harry Kane. A deal would have to wait until next summer, though.
Costa will become a free agent at the end of the season, at which time Tottenham will be one of the main contenders for his signature, claims Don Balon.
Tottenham signed Carlos Vinicius from Benfica on loan as competition for Kane during the summer transfer window. But if they don’t buy Vinicius permanently, Mourinho would like another option with more experience to compete with Kane.
He knows how to get the best out of Costa, who scored 20 goals in 26 Premier League appearances in their first season working together. Therefore, he will consider a reunion with the 32-year-old.
Spurs could even negotiate a deal for Costa in January, as he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement once the winter transfer window opens. In either case, he would join the club officially in the summer.
The report adds that Costa would probably have to reduce his wages if he was to join Tottenham. He currently earns around €10m per season, and Atletico will be relieved once they get those wages off the books.
Mourinho also wants Inter attacker
Costa is not the only player Mourinho is considering to strengthen his attack.
Tuesday’s papers revealed that the Tottenham boss has also reignited in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic.
While Perisic is past his prime now, Mourinho thinks he could provide strong competition for his main forwards. And the Croatian star could be available for a bargain fee.