Date: 10th July 2019 at 12:00pm
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It’s no secret that Everton are looking for a new centre-forward this summer, with Marcel Brands on the hunt for a target man with the athleticism and mobility to pull defenders out of position. The Blues have recently been linked with a move for Diego Costa, but the Brazilian-born Spanish international is the antithesis of Brands’ transfer policy.

Everton’s Director of Football wants to cut the wage bill and lower the average age in the first-team, so signing Costa would be the worst economic decision. That’s not to say the 30-year-old wouldn’t improve the squad, however. Costa was prolific in the Premier League with Chelsea, contributing 82 goals in 120 games and has scored and created 21 goals since re-joining Atletico Madrid in 2018.

Signing the £138k-per-week striker would be short-termism, however, as this is likely to be Costa’s last move of his playing career. His disciplinary record is an issue too. Transfermarkt show he missed 13 games at Chelsea through suspension and 10 at Atleti in just 18 months. It speaks volumes that the Spanish giants are looking to move Costa on so soon after re-signing him.

Everton should turn their attentions elsewhere as a result. He isn’t getting any younger, is known for his indiscipline and would cost £22m to bring to Goodison Park.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article