Arsenal eyeing surprise swoop to sign Diogo Costa

By on June 12, 2024

Arsenal are reportedly contemplating making a move to sign FC Porto star Diogo Costa this summer, as per the Portuguese outlet O Jogo.

The Gunners decided to reinforce their goalkeeping department by signing David Raya from Brentford on a loan deal last summer. Following the Spaniard’s arrival, Aaron Ramsdale found himself on the periphery last season.

It has been reported that Arsenal are set to make Raya’s loan deal permanent and Ramsdale is willing to leave the club as he wants to play regularly elsewhere.

So, the North London club are seemingly searching for a new goalkeeper to support Raya next season. A few names have been mentioned as potential options with Costa now emerging as a serious target.

While citing and translating the print version of O Jogo, Sport Witness has reported that Arsenal have been keeping a close eye on the Portuguese’s development in recent times before making a potential swoop this summer.

Costa to Arsenal

The report further claims that Porto could be open to cashing-in on the goalkeeper to stay on the right side of FFP rules so Arsenal can manage to secure his signature this summer.

However, Costa has a £63m release clause in his current deal and Porto don’t want to let their star man leave for anything less than that figure. So, Arsenal will have to splash a big fee to sign him.

The Portuguese outlet states that Chelsea and Manchester City have also expressed their interest in signing him so Mikel Arteta’s side are set to face tough competition from their rivals in getting any potential deal done for him.

Arsenal are looking to reinforce several areas of the squad this summer with centre-forward and the engine room being among those. So, it doesn’t look likely that the North London club will be willing to spend the reported £63m fee to sign a backup shot-stopper.

Therefore, although Costa is a talented player and could be a shrewd signing for Arsenal if they purchase him. It is highly unlikely that the Emirates club will push forward with a deal to sign the Portugal international ahead of next season.