Diego Costa offers himself to Marseille and they close the door

According to 'La Provence', the former rojiblanco striker, free after his contract termination, showed his availability to Villas Boas, but they prefer another profile.


Diego Costa is still looking (for equipment) and, for the moment, he is unable to capture. The Spanish-Brazilian resigned his contract with Atlético de Madrid recently in a friendly manner, as the colchoneros accepted the forward's request for family reasons. In this way, it became one of the loudest pieces on the current winter market. Olympique de Marseille is after a battering ram of guarantees. Well, according to 'La Provence', Costa would have offered himself to the Phocéens and has seen how Pablo Longoria closed the door of the Vélodrome.

The French newspaper indicates that Longoria, the club's sports director, has not been particularly attracted by the offer of the Spanish international. He has no doubts about Diego's fantastic résumé or his soccer skills, which would fit perfectly into André Villas-Boas's scheme. However, the strong temperament of the player and the powerful salary that he would have to receive (he comes from receiving about 8 million euros a year with Atlético) are the reasons why the operation has not been raised in the Marseille offices.

The Portuguese coach's men are sixth, eight points behind Lyon, the leader, and seven from PSG and Lille. But they have two games less than their competitors who, if they win, would enter fully into the fight for Ligue 1. Hence, the names managed by the sports management led by Longoria are powerful and have sounded like future forwards of the stature of Arkadiusz Milik and Patrick Cutrone.

In Brazil, with Europe on the horizon

Meanwhile, Costa is in Brazil, in his native Lagarto, where he trains with the city's modest team so as not to lose shape, as we have seen on his networks these days. So far no offers have crystallized, although the interest of Wolverhampton has come from England, in search of a forward who helps alleviate the long-term absence of Raúl Jiménez. This option may have lost steam because of one of the players mentioned above: Cutrone. The Italian was on loan at Fiorentina, but the wolves have rescued him to occupy the place that could have been destined for the exatlético.

The return to the Premier, you already know the league from your time at Chelsea (50 goals and 24 assists in 120 games), it would be an option that fits the player's desire, as well as the Marseille option, since his plans go through continue in Europe for two or three more years. Injuries have been companions of his last blows as a rojiblanco. However, as he has commented to his surroundings, he is "super good and strong" and considers that he can "still contribute a lot" to any team. Ultimately he would value a return to Brazil, but first he would like to burn cartridges in the Old Continent. For now, you will have to keep waiting ...

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