Benfica has to deny landing Diego Costa for next season after it was alleged that ex-Atlético Madrid and Chelsea forward had reached an agreement to join the Portuguese side.
- According to reports from Spain, Diego Costa had reached an agreement with Benfica
- However, Benfica took the unusual step of refuting the reports in a statement
- Costa’s second stint at Atletico Madrid came to an end in December last year
Benfica has denied reports that they are about to sign former Atletico Madrid and Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Spanish sports newspaper Sports world reported on Wednesday that Costa had reached an agreement in principle to join Jorge Jesus for next season.
However, Benfica took the unusual step of refuting the claim in a club statement on Thursday.
Former Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been strongly associated with a move to Benfica
“Benfica denies that there have been any negotiations regarding the signing of attacker Diego Costa,” it said.
The club reiterates that until the end of the season, the focus of their entire professional football structure will only be on the remaining 10 games of the league match season and the Taca de Portugal final.
Costa’s second stint at Atleti ended by mutual consent in December last year for what the club described as ‘personal reasons’.
The Brazil-born Spain international was a key part of Atleti’s La Liga title-winning team in 2013-14, before joining Chelsea, where he won two Premier Leagues between 2014 and 2017.
It was recently alleged that Costa had reached an agreement to join Jorge Jesus’ Benfica side
He returned to the Spanish capital in January 2018 after falling out with ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, scoring twice on his second debut.
Injuries limited him to 43 La Liga starts in the past three years, scoring 12 goals, and the odds were further narrowed by the signings of Joao Felix and Luis Suarez.
Benfica is third in the Primeira Liga, 13 points behind leader Sporting, and they will face Braga in the Taca final on May 23.
The Spanish striker won two Premier League titles with Chelsea between 2014 and 2017