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Diego Costa (33) has been offered to Saint-Etienne to strengthen the attack. Loïc Perrin, the club’s sports coordinator, explains why the operation was not carried out.

Diego Costa (33) is still on the market. Free since the end of his adventure with Atlético Mineiro, the Brazilian striker was whispered on the side of Ligue 1 and Saint-Etienne during the winter transfer window. But the Greens declined. In an interview with L’Equipe, Loïc Perrin, coordinator of the Forez club, explains why. The main reason is simple: the operation was financially inaccessible.

“It’s not easy to bring a real star back into a locker room”

“Yes, confirms Perrin. We got information from quite a few intermediaries. They offered it to us for 100,000 euros (gross per month, editor’s note). A relative knew his brother, whom I had live. Those weren’t the real numbers. It was twice as much, with a maintenance bonus. As he already had a written offer from another club, we didn’t go any further. It’s not easy to bring a real star back into a locker room. It is also necessary to take care of its balance. Beyond the sporting aspect, it would have been necessary to analyze all this. »

The former Atlético de Madrid and Chelsea player has therefore not come but he has not yet signed up for another club. In search of offensive reinforcements, Saint-Etienne recruited Enzo Crivelli in the form of a loan with an option to buy. But the club multiplied other tracks with a priority: Jean-Philippe Mateta, whose option was finally exercised by Crystal Palace. The Greens have also contacted former members of the house, such as Robert Beric.

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“Robert came forward quite early,” explains Perrin. We were all about Mateta. Then, it accelerated after the departures of Ignacio (Ramirez, returned to Uruguay) and Jean-Philippe (Krasso, loaned to AC Ajaccio). Hence the idea of ​​having two attackers. But Robert received interesting proposals in other countries and on which we could not align ourselves. It was a story of timing and finance. »

Perrin also confides that he contacted his friend Bafétimbi Gomis, free after his departure from the Saudi club Al-Hilal. “Even if he deeply loves Saint-Étienne, coming back was never his first idea, concludes the former defender. We didn’t make him an offer. “La Panthère” finally signed up with Galatasaray on Wednesday.

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