When it comes to Manchester United and Spanish footballers, there is nobody more reliable for news than United We Stand editor Andy Mitten and last night, he said that David Moyes had a soft spot for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa.
The prolific striker has been central to Atletico’s title push in La Liga and in all competitions, Costa has scored 28 goals and grabbed four assists in 30 appearances.
Last night, he underlined his status as one of the top strikers in Europe with a brilliant brace against AC Milan in a man of the match performance that helped Atletico reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.
Asked Queiroz last week which one player he'd buy if he was MUFC manager today. "Diego Costa, two years ago," was reply. Moyes loves him too
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) March 11, 2014
Costa’s first goal was a brilliant show of agility and technique to volley in a lovely Koke through-ball while his second was a clinical finish when he pounced on an opportunity.
Costa has a well documented release clause of £32 million which has led to speculation he will follow the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres and Falcao out of the club this summer and although United have far greater squad problems than a striker, Costa could be a replacement should Robin van Persie or Javier Hernandez leave.
Mitten is on the money when it comes to Spanish football. Consistently, he breaks reliable news, so there’s no reason to believe he is not correct about Moyes’ affection for Costa.
He won’t be the only manager with a soft spot for him though given his goalscoring credentials so even if United were in the market for him this summer, we’d face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea for his signature.
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