Diego Costa has had an unsettled season at Chelsea. Currently serving a match ban after suspectedly biting Gareth Barry, the Spanish striker has experienced his most turbulent year with the current Premier League champions, falling out with former boss Jose Mourinho and suffering frequent dips in form.
Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge has been put under the spotlight throughout the year and now reports from France offer another twist to the angry Spaniard’s tale.
Reports claim that fan favourite Costa is being forced out Chelsea, more specifically the striker has been “offered” to Paris Saint-Germain by his self-professed ‘superagent’ Jorge Mendes.
The French champions are preparing themselves for the dramatic departure of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of the season and Chelsea are keen to organise a swap deal, pushing Diego Costa out the door in the process.
The move would require a dramatic turnaround in the Parisian’s attitude towards the gritty striker after the French champions slandered the forward ahead of Chelsea and PSG’s Champions League clash:
Vous avez trouvé le héros ? Ok, maintenant trouvez l’imposteur ! https://t.co/43863goxe1
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) March 8, 2016
This wouldn’t be the first occasion that Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes put his own interests ahead of his client’s to earn millions in commission.
Diego Costa joined Portuguese side Braga at just 18 years of age. Within a year, Costa moved to Spanish giants Atlético Madrid. Not that Chelsea’s revitalised striker knew a great deal about it:
“Jorge told me I had to get a flight to Madrid, I knew nothing of what was going on and when we arrived he told me I was signing for Atlético Madrid,”
“We were in the house of Atlético sporting director Jesús García Pitcarch, and I didn’t even know who he was.”
Mendes has allegedly told the French club that the 27-year-old will become available for transfer by the end of the season, and would theoretically be the man to step into Zlatan’s, size 13 shoes.
The well-travelled Zlatan will leave Ligue 1 after four successful years once his contract expires in June. Although the Swede is approaching the end of his career, he is expected to finally test himself in the Premier League.
Atletico Madrid are also believed to be orchestrating a big-money reunion after selling Costa to Chelsea for £32million in 2014, although it appears that boss Diego Simeone’s hopes of signing the forward might well have taken a blow as Chelsea bend under the influence of Mendes.