Atletico Madrid TERMINATE Diego Costa's contract

Atletico Madrid TERMINATE Diego Costa’s contract with former Chelsea bad-boy released as a free agent after he asked to be let go for ‘personal reasons’ – and with Arsenal showing interest in a move next month

Atletico Madrid have terminated Diego Costa’s contract at the Spanish side, freeing him up as a free transfer for the January transfer window.

Arsenal are thought to  among the clubs who will be keen to snap up the veteran striker when the window opens on Friday.

After falling down the pecking order under Diego Simeone, Costa is understood to have instructed Atletico to tear up his contract which had just six months to run. 

Costa remains convinced he can still compete at the top in Europe for around two to three seasons and his sudden availability as a free agent is likely to make him hot property in the transfer window.

Despite him now being a free agent, he can only move when the transfer window reopens having been under contract at Madrid for the first half of the season, but he will not be tied down to any deadline at the end of the month and would still be free to move to a new side heading into the next few months. 

The 32-year-old has struggled for minutes and injuries this term, with leg and muscle injuries seeing him miss six out of seven LaLiga games from the end of October to the middle of December while those same problems kept him out of Champions League action.

However even when fit he has struggled to gain a place in the first team, starting just two games this term as Simeone leaned towards Joao Felix and Luis Suarez as his main attacking options. 

Across his seven game he has found the net twice with his most recent strike coming from off the bench at Elche in a LaLiga match before Christmas. 

Costa rejoined Atletico for a second spell from Chelsea for £54million during the 2017-18 season. 

But he has struggled for goals during that time, with his seven in his first-half season back followed by consecutive campaigns where he found the net just five times. 

More to follow… 

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