Top European giants offer former Chelsea striker massive N1.3billion a year contract

Top European giants offer former Chelsea striker massive N1.3billion a year contract

- Diego Costa is now on the verge of completing a move to Benfica

- The Spaniard has been out of action since he left Atletico Madrid last year

- Portuguese giants Benfica want his signature on a two-year deal

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Benfica who are Portuguese giants have reportedly offered former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa massive £2.6million a year deal for him to put pen into paper for them.

Since leaving Spanish La Liga leaders in December last year, Diego Costa has been a free agent and there were even reports of him interested in making a return to the Premier League.

According to the report on Daily Mail, Benfica chiefs actually want Diego Costa for two years and they are working on the deal with the Spanish professional footballer.

During the January transfer window, Diego Costa was linked with a move to Manchester City, West Ham United and even Spurs, but nothing was sealed on the move.

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Costa's second stint with Atletico saw him score 19 goals in 81 matches but after two goals in the first half of the season, he was released from his deal six months early for personal reasons.

His final goal for Atletico Madrid came from the penalty spot during a 3-1 home win over Elche on December 19.

Costa began his football career in his native Brazil before joining Braga in Portugal in 2006, aged 17.

He never played for the club but spent time on loan at Penafiel, and signed with Atlético Madrid the following year.

Diego Costa.
Diego Costa in action on the football pitch. Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce
Source: Getty Images

Earlier, had reported how Diego Simeone paid tribute to Diego Costa who left Atletico Madrid after his contract was terminated at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Spanish striker requested his contract be terminated with reports claiming he will not be guaranteed a starting place in Simeone's squad.

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And the former Chelsea star is now a free agent as Premier League club Wolves are understood to be interested in the 32-year-old.

Simeone has insisted that he relishes the memories they shared while working together as manager and player.

Speaking to Spanish news media outlet Marca, Simeone refused to give details behind Costa's departure.

Ibitoye Shittu is an award winning Sports Journalist with more than 10 years experience in News-writing, reporting and Public Relation. He is an HND and B.SC holder of Mass Communication and can be reached on Twitter @Ibishittu


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