Arsenal test water on shock deal for ex-Chelsea striker Diego Costa as potential Arteta fix

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Arsenal have made an informal approach over the availability of former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to a report.

The Gunners are looking for a new striker to bolster their ranks in January or the summer. While they have the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette, their ranks may soon dwindle.

Indeed, Aubameyang remains frozen and Lacazette and Nketiah are in senior year of their contracts.

Talk about a move for Fiorentina Dusan Vlahovic has grown significantly in the last days. Nonetheless, a deal for the Serb this month would cost £150m and the Gunners will face significant competition for him this summer.

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As such, Goal in Brazil claimed that Arsenal had tested the water to potentially bring Costa back to the Premier League.

The Gunners held an ‘informal consultation’ to find out the player’s plans.

Costa recently terminated his contract with Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. The 33-year-old moved there in August 2021 after leaving Atletico Madrid last January.

Before that, he played for Chelsea for four years, winning two Premier League titles. Indeed, he scored 58 goals in 120 games for the Blues between 2014 and 2018.

Costa has scored four times in 15 Brazilian Serie A games for Atletico Mineiro. However, he terminated his contract there earlier this month and is currently on vacation in Spain.

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Arsenal haven’t made an official offer for Costa yet, but they are monitoring his situation.


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Corinthians are also vaguely considering bringing him back to Brazil, but neither club has made a concrete move yet.

The Spanish team from Cadiz is in fact the only team to have taken a firm step. However, their offer did not convince Costa.

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Arsenal also want a contract with the midfielder

As well as a new striker, Arsenal are also considering a deal for a midfielder.

Injuries and coronavirus have plagued the ranks of Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, while Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Moreover, Granit Xhaka didn’t help the club with his red card against Liverpool on Thursday.

As such, Arsenal have Juventus’ Arthur Melo and Lyon’s Bruno Guimaraes on their radar.

According to the latest Euro TSTIME, Arthur is looking to push for a loan north of London.

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