Diego Costa transfer would be ‘dangerous’ for Wolves after Chelsea and Atleti exits, claims ex-Blues ace Tony Cascarino

WOLVES have been warned that signing Diego Costa would be a ‘dangerous’ move.

Tony Cascarino has urged Nuno Espirito Santo to think twice about offering Costa a contract after the 32-year-old was released on a free transfer by Atletico Madrid.

Wolves lost Raul Jimenez to a head injury sustained against Arsenal last month.

And SunSport exclusively revealed Costa is being lined up for a stunning Molineux switch to replace the Mexican in attack.

Costa is well known by Premier League fans, having spent three seasons at Chelsea.

The Spainiard scored 59 goals in 120 games while winning two Premier League titles under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte.

Before his Stamford Bridge switch, Costa scored 36 goals in one season as Atletico won LaLiga in 2014.

The volatile striker returned to his old club in 2017 but struggled to replicate his old form for Diego Simeone with just 19 goals in 81 games.

Costa could now be set to resurrect his career at Wolves, who boast a number of players represented by his agent Jorge Mendes.

But former Chelsea striker Cascarino believes there are plenty of warning signs with a deal for Costa, warning Wolves they could live to regret their decision.

Cascarino told TalkSport: “I think it’s a very dangerous fit, if I’m honest. 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.”

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