Diego Costa may likely join Wolves as the club searches for a replacement for Sasa Kaladzic and Raul Jimenez. The former Chelsea star may likely make a surprise return to the Premier League if he sails through the trial.
Former Chelsea striker and Brazil international is set to undergo trial with Wolves after the club confirmed injuries for their two forwards – Sasa Kaladzic and Raul Jimenez.
After joining Wolves for £15m for Bundesliga club Stuttgart, Kaladzic suffered a knee injury in Wolves’ 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, 3rd September 2022. The club has confirmed that he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury, which will rule him out for some time.
Jimenez, on the other hand, missed the Southampton match due to a knee injury. He has missed out on the first two matches. He is yet to recover from the knee damage and will also be ruled out from subsequent games.
Diego Costa has been seen as the best possible option by Wolves to lead the frontline in the absence of these star strikers. He is reportedly going to have a trial with the club for a potential deal. This will be Costa’s second spell in the Premier League after Chelsea.
Who is Diego Costa?
Diego Da Silva Costa is a 33-year-old Brazil international who plays as a striker for potentially Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Diego Costa started his football career with the Barcelona Esportivo Capela youth team – a football club based in the Socorro district of Sao Paulo. Costa joined the club in 2004 and played for two years as a first stepping stone in his football career.
He joined Braga in 2006 but did not make any appearance for the club. Bragg loaned Costa to panefiel in 2006, where he made 13 appearances, scoring 5 goals.
Costa joined Atletico Madrid in 2007 and failed to make an appearance in his two years spell with the Spanish giants. He was loaned to Braga, his former club m, where he managed six appearances without a goal.
He was also sent on loan again between 2007 and 2008 to Celta de Vigo, where he made 30 appearances, scoring 6 goals. In 2008, he joined Albacete, making 35 appearances, and scoring 10 goals.
His last short-lived annual spell with different clubs ended with Valladolid in 2010. Costa joined Valladolid in 2009 and played for one year for the club, making 34 appearances with 8 goals.
In 2010, Costs joined Atletico Madrid and played for the Spanish giants for four years. He scored 43 goals for the club in his 94 appearances. Within his four years spell with Atletico Madrid, he went on a loan to Rayo Vallecano, where he made 16 appearances scoring 10 goals.
Costa Joined Premier League giants Chelsea in 2014 from Atletico Madrid. He made 89 appearances, scoring 52 goals for the Blues.
In 2018, he returned to Atletico Madrid and played for two years before joining Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in 2021. He made 15 appearances for the club and had racked up 4 goals in the process. He terminated his contract with Atletico Mineiro on 16 January 2022. He joined Wolves as a free agent.
National Team Stats
Diego Costa made two appearances for Brazil’s national team in 2013. Between 2014 to 2018, he played for the Spanish national team, making 24 appearances with 10 goals.
Honors and Awards
Costa has won the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Super Cup, La Liga, and Copa Del Rey with Atletico Madrid. He has also won the Premier League, EFL Cup, and the FA Cup with Chelsea
At Atletico Mineiro, he has won the Copa do Brazil and the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.
He also won the player of the month in the Premier League and La Liga.