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‘Diego Costa is a dangerous signing… can you trust him?’ – Wolves warned against free transfer for ex-Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker

Wolves have been warned against signing Diego Costa in January, with the former Chelsea striker branded a ‘dangerous fit’ for the club.

Costa has been linked with a return to the Premier League this month after his Atletico Madrid contract was ripped up.

Costa’s spells at Chelsea and now Atletico Madrid have both ended in sour exits
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Arsenal have been tipped to make a move but it has been reported Wolves – who have a strong connection with the striker’s agent Jorge Mendes – are favourites to land him.

Nuno Espirito Santo is on the hunt for a short-term replacement for top striker Raul Jimenez, who was sidelined in November after having surgery on a fractured skull he suffered in a game against the Gunners.

But former Blues forward Tony Cascarino has warned Wolves off the Brazil-born Spain international, saying signing him in the January transfer window could blow up in their face.

Costa returned to Atletico Madrid in 2017 after a bitter exit from Stamford Bridge, and it eventually turned sour for him back in Spain, too, with the club agreeing to terminate his contract in December citing ‘personal reasons’.

Many have claimed it would be a great coup if Wolves manage to land him, having won nine major trophies during his career and boasting record of 52 goals and 18 assists in 89 Premier League appearances.

But Cascarino isn’t convinced.

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“I think it’s a very dangerous fit, if I’m honest,” Cascarino said Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.

“Because of the experience he had at Chelsea and the way he wanted to leave the club, the way he disappeared.

“Obviously it then turned sour at Atletico and he became a real problem, he played relatively little football this year, he’s only played seven  games and got a couple of goals.

“I don’t know if I could trust him, or trust what he’s going to be like if he came to the football club.

“If I was getting the Diego Costa who turned up at Chelsea, followed Didier [Drogba], was a real handful – great! The fans loved him at Chelsea, you’d hear his name all around the stadium, he was their favourite player.

“But the way he handled it, I would be very suspicious of a 32-year-old whose contract has been ripped up.

“You could argue that Eric Cantona left Leeds United in a very sour way, and Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson got an unbelievable player who played his best football… but I’m not sure Diego Costa has that same mentality.

“It’s the kind of high risk move that if it comes off you’re a genius, but if it falls flat you’re an idiot for taking him.

“Nuno would have to handle a very difficult player.

“If Diego Simone felt Costa still could have done a job for Atletico Madrid, he would have been desperate to keep him. But Atletico are still in the Champions League and they have a chance to win the LaLiga title, Costa wants to rip up his contract and the club has agreed.

“That rings alarm bells, for me.”