FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be set for a shock return to Spain to solve Barcelona’s crisis up top.
The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after having his contract terminated by mutual consent at Atletico Mineiro following the Brazilian club’s title-winning season.
Costa scored four goals in 15 league games for Antonio Mohamed’s side as he helped Mineiro win their first championship in 50 years.
But he could now be heading back to LaLiga – just over a year after having his Atletico Madrid contract ripped up six months early.
Barca boss Xavi is desperate for a centre-forward to be brought in as he only has Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite to rely on up top in Memphis Depay’s absence.
According to Sport, Costa has been identified by the Blaugrana as a potential option.
The Spanish news outlet states that the player has been offered to the Catalan club.
Though they add that Valencia could also snap up the two-time Premier League winner if Barca fail to act fast.
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It is understood that Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Barca’s No1 target before the winter transfer window closes on Monday.
The Gabon international, 32, is said to have already agreed a deal to make the move to the Nou Camp on loan until the end of the season.
However the transfer depends on whether contract rebel Ousmane Dembele departs as the club look to cash in on him before he becomes a free agent.
Spanish reported Gerard Romero tweeted: “Aubameyang enters if Ousmane leaves.
“Barca has a closed economic agreement with the player, until June on loan. Conditions that can allow your arrival.
“Arsenal needs the footballer to leave.”
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