The Daily Mail is reporting that Everton are in the market for Atletico Madrid hitman Diego Costa this summer.

Although the Toffees are operating on a smaller budget than in previous transfer windows, owner Farhad Moshiri is willing to bankroll a big name to play up front, with the team having struggled in that position since the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in 2017.

And Costa would fit the bill of providing raw power in the final third along with proven Premier League pedigree, having starred at Chelsea and won two top-flight titles in his three years at Stamford Bridge.

It is also thought that he is no longer required at Atletico, having endured a difficult season with the Spanish outfit in which injury and suspension limited him to just 21 appearances and five goals.

At 30 years of age, Costa still has a few good years left in him and would provide a short-term fix to Everton’s striker problem.

Cenk Tosun, Oumar Niasse and Dominic Calvert-Lewin have all failed to stake a serious claim to lead the line at Goodison Park in recent years, while the likes of Richarlison and Theo Walcott tend to do their best work operating from the wings.

Costa’s work rate, deceptive mobility and eye for goal would make him almost a guaranteed starter, but as always there are questions over the player’s temperament.

His time at Chelsea ended amidst a deteriorating relationship with then-manager Antonio Conte, which saw him flee to Brazil to try to force a move away from the club.

Having got his wish and switched back to Atletico, his relationship with his employers has since soured and it seems likely he will be moved out of the Spanish capital in the coming weeks.

Add to that his well-known on-field indiscipline, the latest example of which saw him receive an eight-match ban for abusing a referee in April, and it becomes clear that signing him represents a huge risk.

However, with Moshiri keen to make a statement and Everton in need of someone to lead the line, it may turn out to be one worth taking.


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