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Marseille have joined the race to sign want-away Chelsea striker Diego Costa as Jacques-Henri Eyraud, president of the Ligue 1 side, confirmed that he is a fan of the Spanish striker, reports the Express.

According to BBC Sport, Diego Costa was told by Antonio Conte in June to find a new club as Chelsea prepared for life without the 28-year-old by signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid in July.

However, the Brazilian born striker has found it difficult to get a move and remains in exile in his native Brazil.

The Express claim that the forward had hoped to resign for Atletico Madrid, however, the Spanish club are currently serving a transfer ban, meaning that Costa wouldn’t be able to play for the club until January. According to the Guardian, this has complicated Costa’s move back to Spain.

However, Jacques-Henri Eyraud has revealed that he is a big fan of the Spaniard and is interested in bringing the forward to France.

Eyraud told French outlet SFR Sport: “I like his character, his grit and his sense of combat.

He would fit in very well at OM. However, he has a complicated contractual situation.”

He added: “If a player ticks all the boxes, then we showed that we were able to do the transactions.

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