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According to the Daily Mail, Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has ordered the club to investigate the possibility of bringing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa to Goodison Park, as he looks to make a statement signing for the Toffees.
Well, the Merseysiders have already signed Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl this summer, but Moshiri wants to make a bold statement in bringing the Spain international to the club.
Costa endured a difficult 2018/19 campaign with the side from the Spanish capital, netting just five times throughout the season as well as being hit with an eight-game suspension for insulting an official.
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Those who follow Everton may well be aware of what the 30-year-old striker is capable of, as they watched him find the back of the net frequently for Chelsea over the course of a three-year spell at Stamford Bridge – Costa hit 58 goals in 120 games for the Blues.
It goes without saying that the owner of a football club calls the shots.
Moshiri could sack Marcel Brands and Marco Silva within the blink of an eye if he wanted to – he is the man in charge at Goodison Park.
So, how comes he isn’t on the same wavelength as the man who he hires to negotiate transfer dealings and manage that side of the game?
Brands outlined his plans for what he hopes to do with the Toffees in the market, saying: “The players we brought in last year were all under 25 so we don’t want to invest big money in players who are older.
“Everton is a club that also has to sell players so it is necessary to get younger players to invest in. That’s why we invested in young players last summer. [Lucas] Digne was 24, [Yerry] Mina 23, Richarlison 21; so we look to players in the age group 20-25/26.”
One would assume that Costa wouldn’t come cheap given his market value of £22.5m on Transfermarkt, whilst the fact that he has two years left on his deal with Diego Simeone’s side suggests that the asking price has no reason to deviate too far from that figure.
Moshiri wants a big-money statement, despite Costa being 30 years of age. However, Brands wants sustainability and players with high sell-on value to walk through the door at Goodison Park.
Costa is neither of those things – Moshiri’s demands in this instance are going against everything his Sporting Director has outlined for the club.