Everton started negotiations with €30m-rated Chelsea ex-striker

Everton are planning to make Atletico Madrid centre-forward Diego Costa their ‘statement signing’. Spain international was surprisingly linked with a switch to Goodison Park over the weekend, with ambitious Toffees owner Farhad Moshiri hoping to complete a ‘statement signing’.

Moshiri reportedly ordered club staff to assess the potential signing of Diego, who left the Premier League in January 2018 to come back to Los Rojiblancos after two-and-a-half years with the London club. He was a prolific scorer during his time in Chelsea, with 52 league goals netted in just 89 matches.

Though his form since returning to La Liga has been nothing short of woeful. The 30-year-old striker has found the back of the net in Spain just five times in his year-and-a-half back in Atletico, and he was handed an eight-match ban in April for abusing a referee.

Costa has contracted with the Spanish club until 2021, and his release clause is around €30m. He is a regular member of the Furia Roja line-up and also helped them to reach the playoff in the 2018 World Cup, but after losing in a penalty shoot-out against Russia, they knocked out from the competition.

Nonetheless, despite all his issues, Toffees are looking into possibly signing Diego. Everton have so far signed two footballers this transfer window, adding shot-stopper Jonas Lossl on a free transfer from Huddersfield, and also bringing in Andre Gomes on a permanent deal after his successful loan during 2018/19 season.

Toffees finished the Premier League in an 8th position. Marco Silva wants to strengthen the squad, and several players like Everton Soares, David Neres and Kurt Zouma are on his radar.