Diego Costa might not be among the best strikers in the world now as he is struggling to find form so far this season but this wasn’t always the case. Indeed, there was once a time when he was among the most dangerous forwards in the world.
And it was exactly at that moment when Liverpool came hunting for the Brazil-born Spain striker. According to a report from Goal, the Reds triggered the release clause of the player in 2013 and were all set to sign him.
It was the very summer where Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield was up in the air. The forward had been suspended for 10 games after biting Branislav Ivanovic and had expressed his desire to leave the club.
With uncertainty surrounding the Uruguayan, the Reds were keen on bringing in Costa and thought they had gotten their man until the Spaniard signed an extension with the Rojiblancos and then expressed his love for the club.
However, according to Goal, it was all a plan hatched by Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes and Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager had only just taken the reins at Chelsea and was keen on bringing in the forward but owner Roman Abramovich was still leaning towards keeping Fernando Torres as the main striker.
As a result, Mendes asked his client to sign an extension with Atletico Madrid, which saw him get a pay-rise, and then wait for another year before moving to Chelsea.
In the end, that is exactly what went on to happen.