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Chelsea icon Diego Costa ‘offered to Barcelona’ as hitman seeks new club after leaving Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro

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Chelsea icon Diego Costa ‘offered to Barcelona’ as hitman seeks new club after leaving Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro

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FORMER Chelsea striker Diego Costa could be set for a shock return to Spain to resolve the Barcelona crisis at the top.

The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after his contract was terminated by mutual consent at Atletico Mineiro following the Brazilian club’s title-winning season.

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Barcelona have been linked with a shock move to sign Brazilian striker Diego CostaCredit: AFP

Costa scored four goals in 15 league appearances for Antonio Mohamed’s side as he helped Mineiro win their first league in 50 years.

But he could now return to La Liga – just over a year after his contract with Atletico Madrid was terminated six months earlier.

Barca boss Xavi is desperate for a centre-forward as he only has Luuk de Jong and Martin Braithwaite to rely on in the absence of Memphis Depay.

According to Sport, Costa has been identified by the Blaugrana as a potential option.

The Spanish media specifies that the player was offered to the Catalan club.

Although they add that Valencia could also land the two-time Premier League winner if Barca don’t act soon.

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It is understood that Arsenal pariah Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Barca’s No.1 target ahead of the winter transfer window closing on Monday.

The 32-year-old Gabon international has reportedly already reached an agreement to be loaned to the Nou Camp until the end of the season.

However, the transfer hinges on the departure of contracted rebel Ousmane Dembele as the club look to cash in on him before he becomes a free agent.

Spanish reported Gerard Romero tweeted: “Aubameyang comes in if Ousmane leaves.

“Barça has a closed economic agreement with the player, until June on loan. Conditions that can allow your arrival.

“Arsenal need the footballer to leave.”

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Chelsea icon Diego Costa ‘offered to Barcelona’ as hitman seeks new club after leaving Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro

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