AS Monaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to Evening Standard. The French club want to sign him as a short-term replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to join PSG, according to the same report.
The London Evening Standard report that Monaco will have enough cash to splash on Costa once the sales of Mbappe and Fabinho to PSG are confirmed. They also report that the club needn’t depend on the sale of the aforementioned duo as they have already accumulated £130 million from the sales of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy.
Chelsea want £50 million for Diego Costa, according to the Evening Standard, but Atletico Madrid are thought to be reluctant to match the asking price. Monaco are reportedly looking to take advantage of the stalled talks and lure him to France.
Apart from Monaco, Marseille have also shown interest in him. Their president, Jacques-Henri Eyraudormer was quoted by the Evening Standard saying:
“I like his character, his grit and his sense of combat. He would marry very well with OM. He has a complicated contractual situation. If a player ticks all the boxes, then we have shown that are able to do transactions. Why not? It must at least meet certain conditions. Nothing is impossible.”