Manchester United Encouraged To Sign Former Chelsea Striker

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Former Manchester United striker Alan Brazil has urged Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Costa left Chelsea for Atletico Madrid two years ago after falling out with then Blues manager Antonio Conte but his return to Atletico Madrid hasn’t really been successful.

“I think he’d be a fit for Man United if they get rid of Lukaku,” Brazil told talkSPORT.

“By all accounts this morning, representatives of Inter Milan are talking to Manchester United.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Lukaku was to go, and suddenly there’s a chance of Costa going to Old Trafford.”

European football expert Kevin Hatchard added: “He may well [return to the Premier League].

“His return to Atletico Madrid did not work out the way he wanted; there have been disciplinary issues and there have been fitness issues.

“I don’t think he’s impressed Diego Simeone in the way he would have hoped. Alvaro Morata made a much bigger impact when he went there – and Simeone, when he spoke about Morata, was very, very positive.

“We’ve seen Diego Costa be successful in the Premier League – he is a proven goalscorer at that level.

“Atletico have also just spent a huge amount of money bringing in Joao Felix, so Costa’s not going to be playing.

“So [a move] wouldn’t surprise me.

“Atletico would want a transfer fee; there has been talk of around €30/35million.

“It depends on the offers he gets. I think, given the way it ended at Chelsea, people would look at him and think, ‘how much of a risk is this?’

“So it very much depends on the offers that he gets. He may decide to stick it out at Atletico and give it a really good push to see if he’s the man to lead the attack with Joao Felix behind him.

“It’s the risk/reward thing with Costa.”

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