Arsenal and Manchester United could make a surprise move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer, according to reports.
The Sun claim the 28-year-old’s decision to publicly reveal that Antonio Conte no longer wants him at Stamford Bridge could cost the Premier League champions £10 million.
Chelsea signed Costa for £32m from Atletico Madrid three years ago but will now have a tough time attempting to recoup that transfer fee.
And with Arsenal and Manchester United still searching for a new striker, both clubs have been linked with a shock swoop.
The Brazil-born Spanish international is reportedly wanted by Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho ahead of the 2017-18 term, despite already closing in on fellow forward Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.
With Zlatan Ibrahimovic departing, and captain Wayne Rooney set to follow suit this summer, the ‘Special One’ needs to significantly strengthen his attacking options if United are to improve on their sixth place finish in the Premier League.
Costa had intended to return to Atletico Madrid this summer and openly admitted his desire to link back up with Diego Simeone after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.
But Atletico’s transfer ban, which restricts the club from registering new signings until January 2018, means that option is now far less attractive to the 28-year-old.
‘It would be beautiful to return, but it’s hard to stay four, five months away from the pitch,’ said the striker.
‘It’s a World Cup year and there are a lot of things to think about. I need to play, just that.’
Chelsea had the opportunity to offload Costa to Tianjin Quanjian for £76 million in February but Conte opted to keep the striker due to a lack of alternatives in the team.
AC Milan are interested in a deal this summer but are unable to match the Spain international’s £200,000-a-week wages.