Brazil and PSG centre-back (I use that term loosely) David Luiz has urged Chelsea striker Diego Costa to join the Parisian giants.
The pair have had confrontations on the pitch in previous matches, but Luiz insists he would welcome the Brazilian-born striker to the Parc de Princes.
Costa has enjoyed mixed fortunes for the Blues, as the reigning Premier League champions have struggled to get out of the bottom half of the table.
Welcome in Paris
Asked about Costa, Luiz had this to say: “If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, he would be welcome here.
“Diego is one of the clinical strikers in Europe and would be a welcome addition to any team. I think PSG have made clear their intent over the last three or four seasons – that we only add the best players.
“Diego and myself have had our clashes. On the field he is physical and confrontational – he will get in your face. That is part of his game. But off the field he is one of the nicest guys you can meet.”
PSG have been linked with a number of strikers, as Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to leave this summer and Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is linked with every club and their dog once again, like every transfer window.
That means that the big spending French outfit will likely be on the lookout for new attacking options this summer and Costa was linked with a move to PSG last summer. Costa would be a great signing for PSG.
A striker who splits opinion
Diego Costa seems to split opinion among fans and pundits alike. The striker seems like a Jekyll and Hyde character, as by all accounts the striker is a nice guy off the pitch.
By contrast on the pitch he is person who could start an argument in an empty room. Somebody who goes into every match like it’s a heavyweight boxing match and he’s the underdog.
Costa is just hitting form though and is starting to look like the world-beating striker that he has the potential to be, earlier in the season he played more like a panel-beater with a hangover.
On his day Costa is one of the most effective goalscorers in world football, as he proved last season and with previous club Atletico Madrid. He is not the most technically gifted player in the world, but he is very good at what he does, which is score goals. Goals win games it is as simple as that and Costa has that in his locker.
Chelsea needs Diego Costa
Chelsea needs to keep hold of a player with the talent of Diego Costa. Prolific goalscorers are hard to come by in these days of teams playing with false number nines and attacking midfielders being the stars of the show at a lot of clubs.
Chelsea should be building a team around Costa. Despite all the scuffles and confrontations he gets into, he is a top player and can win you games with his goals. Belgian winger Eden Hazard may have won Player of the Year last year in England, but without Costa’s goals the Blues would not have been English champions last season.
Costa is a fantastic centre-forward and a good focal point for any teams attacking play. I highly doubt that the Blues will be looking to move the striker on anytime soon. However, if the striker wants a move then I am certain there will be a very long queue of clubs vying for his services.
For now Costa will be concentrating on improving Chelsea’s fortunes this season. The Blues are struggling for any sort of form and are currently odds of 5/1 to even claim a top-six finish this season in the Premier League.
Chelsea need all the help they can get to finish as high in the Premier League table as they can this season. Costa maintaining his decent form of late could be the key to the Blues making a recovery this season.
Something tells me that the only time that David Luiz will be anywhere near Diego Costa in the near future will be in the Champions League last 16 clash between the players respective teams, as I highly doubt that Costa will be leaving Chelsea anytime soon.
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