The Spanish international striker has been linked with the Blues over the past week or so as the media have picked up and run with Ronald Koeman's coyness when he was asked about the possibility of signing him on loan.
Costa has been trying to engineer a move back to Atletico all summer but the Spanish club's six-month transfer embargo has complicated his efforts.
A post by Sergio Ortiz of ConexionATM, which appears to be a fan video channel, claims that the Madrid club have finally settled on a fee with Chelsea and that they will loan Costa out to Everton, but doesn't specify whether it would be until January or for the rest of the current season.
Thus far, there has been no corroboration of the claim by any even half-reputable media outlet.
Original Source: @SergioOrtiz6
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1 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:04:08
If this is true a season long loan would make more sense.
2 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:08:22
If this doesn't happen, he'll go to Atletico in January and we are back to where we started.
It will be an interesting run up to the deadline, because we still don't know who else is going, Mirallas, McCarthy, Barkley, and Niasse.
3 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:17:51
4 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:18:28
5 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:22:02
I hope I'm pleasantly surprised on Thursday evening but I doubt it.
6 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:25:58
7 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:30:34
So stranger thing have happened before!
8 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:30:37
Which would rule out a loan to Jan, would have to be the full season.
9 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:33:24
Unbelievable that 12 months after the farce at the end of the last window we appear to be in an even worse attacking position. At least last year we had Lukaku.
10 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:37:32
11 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:46:17
12 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:52:00
13 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:52:43
Get him in.
14 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:52:49
Judging by some of the recent photos it would take three months to get him in shape.
15 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:53:09
On Costa, if we are struggling to get anything in long term that Koeman finds acceptable, he will more than do short term. I remember United once bringing in Henrik Larsson for a 3 month loan. Costa can lead the line, he makes runs in behind, occupies center backs, can link and net.
But we really need some out and out pace. A striker that can run the channels and stretch sides. Without that the backs to the wall, soak pressure up performances will be the norm away from home against top sides. We have to possess some threat to get out and break. We have none. We are neat, tidy and inoffensive.
We also badly need a wide player. Not necessarily a winger. We lack a wide attacking midfielder to add some verve to a very one paced midfield. They tried to get Sissoko. Thankfully we missed that bullet, but I assume Walsh/Koeman had reasons for wanting to take him? Had perhaps identified in him some qualities that we lacked? We need to add legs and goals to our midfield. We need someone who can do that wide in a 4-4-2 and play wide in a 4-3-3, preferably left and right.
And there's also the thorny issue of the left sided centre back who can cover left back.
16 Posted 28/08/2017 at 18:55:06
17 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:00:58
18 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:05:45
Loan til January? No way.
19 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:13:51
20 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:18:25
But a half-season loan? You've got to be kidding. Come January, we'd be in the exact same position we are now, only with even more limited options. Costa will be completely checked out, just killing time until he gets his move to Atletico, and will, in all likelihood, miss our toughest run of matches anyway. Gylfi missed almost the entire preseason, but at least kept himself hyper-fit. Costa, by all accounts, is lying on a beach in Brazil somewhere, sucking down pina coladas.
21 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:21:36
22 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:25:29
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23 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:33:55
Unless I'm mistaken he hasn't played pre-season for Chelsea, so if its play for... then a loan until Jan would be possible?
24 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:36:55
Dave Abrahams please.
25 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:41:10
First of all, he's sitting on a beach in Brazil. He's classic pantomime villain and not the type we should be touching with a barge pole.
Secondly, nothing says "small time club" more than being the beard in a deal to get him back to Athletico.
If this is truly what our club thinks is a suitable way of replacing Lukaku, then we truly are in the shit.
26 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:44:38
27 Posted 28/08/2017 at 19:49:09
Can't think of anyone better.
28 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:00:10
29 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:00:18
Worst football I've seen us play Sunday tbh. Worst I've seen us play from preseason to date. We need shape, organisation and some ideas.
30 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:02:38
31 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:10:25
32 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:11:07
33 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:18:01
He will be enjoying himself in Ned Kellys
34 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:26:32
35 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:47:24
Always proud to be an Evertonian and to support a club that so many others admire. We are the Peoples Club. We have been The School of Science. Our values and morals are second to none.
We do not want this snivelling, cheating, diving, snarling and vicious prima donna to be associated with our club. We all want success but not at any price and certainly not by abandoning our true values.
I may be slaughtered by many, but I would rather have another mediocre season with the usual exciting ups and the regular disappointing downs than be shouting for a team led by a cheat. If he comes, my support for my team will be suspended until he has gone. That is how strongly I feel.
36 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:47:45
Bad news though because he's going to London, on Wednesday for a few days with my mother, so you will have to count him out.
John G, has seen a lot of water go under the Everton bridge though, and I'm volunteering him, or Darren maybe!
37 Posted 28/08/2017 at 20:58:00
38 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:05:36
39 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:06:07
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40 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:09:38
41 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:17:06
Rob Halligan maybe? Although I'm sure John G, and Darren, would make a good double act, or maybe Brent?
42 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:22:11
I would have Costa until January no problem at all. I would prefer a season long loan obviously but imagine what he could do for us in those 6 months, we have 18 League games, six Europa League games as well as three rounds of the Milk err, Rumbelows err, Coca Cola err, Mickey Mouse Cup...
The lad is class, he's a nark and knows where the back of the net is. Ticks all the boxes are far as I can see.
43 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:22:36
44 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:41:45
45 Posted 28/08/2017 at 21:43:39
46 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:29:30
47 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:30:52
48 Posted 28/08/2017 at 22:37:10
Costa - I think he has that competitive streak in him even if he's only here for a few months, he wants to get one over on his opponent/opposite CB's.
I think that just intrinsic in some players.
If he does come we won't have to worry about him causing long-term disharmony in the dressing room as he'll be off in Jan.
49 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:12:50
50 Posted 28/08/2017 at 23:46:58
If someone had seen Costa ordering Chicken Fried Rice, I would have put a little more credence to the rumour, is he still on the Copacabana, with Barry Manilow, serving him Pena Coladas?
Still a few days to go, let's see what transpires!
51 Posted 29/08/2017 at 02:40:23
With all the money we have I refuse to believe there isn't a quality striker who wants to join us for the long haul.
52 Posted 29/08/2017 at 06:36:56
Diego Costa is the best option right now. I know how good he is, being an Atletico fan as well.
Bolasie, Coleman, McCarthy, Funes Mori and maybe Barkley will be back by the time he leaves and all we will need is a half-decent striker in January who can score 10 to 12 goals for 5 month with Sandro in support. Goals will be shared all around those players.
53 Posted 29/08/2017 at 08:28:20
54 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:11:44
55 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:23:31
The reason so many deals take until the final hour is that players are waiting around for better offers. By the time, deadline day evening comes, players know all the offers that they are gonna get, and only then decide which offer to take. It is likely we are in for more than one striker, but have to wait to see who is the best of those that would choose us come Thursday evening.
And as for left sided defenders, Ben Gibson hasn't gone anywhere yet. I bet he has a few offers, and will be waiting to see if a Champions League club makes an offer, or else Everton, if not Southampton, if not, bloody Brighton then.
56 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:38:51
Not a penny of the TV money spent just what's come in on sales. Moshiri's millions? Not coming in our direction, apparently .
57 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:49:06
58 Posted 29/08/2017 at 10:51:30
59 Posted 29/08/2017 at 11:09:01
For about 15 -16 league games and a few league cup games, I'd take a chance on him. Not sure if he would be eligible for Europe though?
Personally I can't see this happening though.
60 Posted 29/08/2017 at 11:34:46
Otherwise, if they want to fly me down from the Highlands .
61 Posted 29/08/2017 at 11:45:52
62 Posted 29/08/2017 at 13:16:46
Agree with Some if the posters in that 6 month loan. No way. He hasn't had any preseason so it isn't like the Donovan loan. We'd probably get 6 weeks out of him.
Season loan however is a different matter.
63 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:09:45
A good deal for Chelsea if you consider we would take points off their title rivals!!
64 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:15:24
65 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:36:48
I cant see any other option as he wants to play for Athletico and as many have said for it to be worthwhile for us it would have to be a loan till the end of the season. Although I am sure Chelsea or their fans wouldn't relish the sight of Costa scoring for Everton on a regular basis.
66 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:38:15
Also, If was only to January, he could still play in the Champions League as the Europa League doesn't make him cup-tied for Champions League (although Champions League makes you cup-tied for the Europa League.
If itwas short term, It would still be better than most options available, and may give us a chance for someone like Dembele or Dolberg in January.
67 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:44:28
Costa could see it as just a place to get fit but I think his competitive nature means he always wants to get the better of his opponent.
I have to agree with many of the comments, a main striker that can hold the ball up, with pace should have been a transfer priority from when Lukaku turned down his contract.
We brought in Klaassen (jury's out) & then brought in Sigurdsson.
Why bring in Klaassen & Sigurdsson as priorities, but leave if so late for the striker we badly need.
They're not identical but are similar.
We then messed around & took so long over Sigurdsson & quibbled over ٣M (which Kenwright will see as a victory).
It now looks like since the board went to sleep over a striker.
Yes, we have Rooney (not an out-and-out striker), Sandro I think can be a quality player given time but is young & learning & is not a striker to play up top on his own, he's a horses for courses striker depending on teams you play, tactics etc.
Calvert-Lewin â€“ young and learning.
A real statement of intent would be to offer Celtic money they can't turn down for Dembele.
Pace, power and can finish.
Sandro could play off him or Dembele could play up top on his own.
This would round off what had otherwise been an excellent transfer window.
The striker however is vital & if we don't get it right it'll be the difference between 7th-10th, or a higher finish than last year closing down he gap on the top 4.
68 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:53:54
69 Posted 29/08/2017 at 15:56:35
He looks the business to me & we previously bid for himim January.
I''m surprised that we haven't bid for him this summer and would like to see us bring him in and put him in the Un23s.
Give him 2/3 years and he'd be knocking on the first team door.
If anyone like myself was wondering what happened with Zirkzee apparently he's signed with Bayern.
70 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:00:26
Anyway enough of that crap as I am sure there will be plenty of activity between now and Thursday. Hopefully Everton will be all the better for it after the mediocrity at the Bridge.
Costa is not a likeable sort but is very dangerous and I for one would take him for the short term; failing that, Llorente wouldn't be to bad but I still prefer Josh King even if he comes over-priced.
71 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:03:22
By the way, George, we have met, very briefly in The Casa, the day Big Nev Southall gave a talk. I think you were behind a camera that day.
72 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:12:18
Sorry for delayed response Mate, I've only just noticed the call out.
Unfortunately that's way past my bedtime - I work nights.
Good luck anyway. I think Rob Halligan would have a decent tale or two if he could make it. John G would have seen a bit of action too.
I will get to the DH before the game one of these weeks. I would love to meet the guy who sets up Saturday mornings for so many on here
73 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:15:49
I'll bet those two would have some decent memories, Obviously they wouldn't agree, but both versions would be well worth a listen
74 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:23:30
Dave - - I remember that day well in The Casa.
Cheers - - cosmic grooves.
75 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:35:28
I'd go for him.
76 Posted 29/08/2017 at 16:39:01
We're really lacking pace at the min , I've said all summer that we should try and sign Luan (rave reviews in Brazil and is very exciting) and Julian Brandt from Leverkusen (one of Germany's many kids who looks set for greatness).
77 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:06:17
Costa is worth paying a shed-load for even if it's for 3 or 4 months. If he gets us 6 points extra, that could be the difference. I'm sure the lad would jump at the opportunity to show Chelsea what they're missing and rub their noses in it before going to Atletico.
78 Posted 29/08/2017 at 18:34:28
That said, as Koeman doesn't appear to have a clue as far as the players he's bringing in or the approach on the pitch, who really gives a fuck anyway? Here's to champions of 7th place again and maybe the 4th round of one of the cup competitions. Happy days.
79 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:04:43
The latest tweet says: "intimate friend of Diego has confirmed to me that Costa has signed for Atletico, and will go to Everton until January (only)."
How real this guy is I do not know. Many outlets claim he is close to the club (Atletico).
80 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:25:23
81 Posted 29/08/2017 at 20:50:53
82 Posted 29/08/2017 at 21:56:38
Time will tell v soon.
83 Posted 29/08/2017 at 22:49:43
84 Posted 30/08/2017 at 09:05:42
Chelsea hold his registration, but he hasn't played for them.
If he comes to Everton that's his 2nd registration, but 1st team to play for.
Come January he can go to Atletico and register for his 3rd registration and play for them.
That's my understanding.
Nicky Shorey got away with it several years ago when he was a Villa player. He went out on an 'emergency loan' to Forest for 9 games and later in the season transferred to Fulham. The FA/Premier League got around it, by claiming emergency loans didn't count. Which in turn further soured the relationship with FIFA.
85 Posted 30/08/2017 at 20:23:42
Costa is class, and if we get half a season out of him, albeit not match fit initially, he could still play around 18 games for us before he goes to Atletico so it's a no-brainer for me.
If the Atletico deal doesn't happen, then what for Costa? He is simply NOT going to sit on his arse doing nothing for a year, and will never play for Chelsea again so what are his options? They loan him to us for a year, he can't play against Chelsea, then in a year they sell him to Madrid? There are more definitely some twists & turns in this one before the end of the window, and I'd be fucking made up if he signed for us, long or short deal.
86 Posted 30/08/2017 at 20:28:53
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