Football Transfer Rumors: Inter Milan Targeting Chelsea's Diego Costa in January
Italian Serie A club Inter Milan continues its search for a top goalscorer and rumors have emerged that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is one of their primary targets when the winter transfer window opens in January.
The Italian giants are said to be preparing a stunning $63 million bid for Costa in January, which could be hard for the English Premier League club to pass up, according to The Sun.
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Costa has been revitalized this season after a dismal campaign last year, scoring 10 goals in 12 English top flight matches to lead the Blues to the top of the Premier League table at the moment.
Inter reportedly wants the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spaniard to lead the club to the Champions League next season. I Nerazzurri is currently struggling in the Italian first division as they are settled in the eighth spot of the league table, eight points below the last Champions League qualifying berth for next year, after 14 rounds of competitions.
Supported by its new Chinese owners, Suning Commerce Group, Inter is reportedly ready to splash cash this winter as they are also eyeing expensive Arsenal hitman Alexis Sanchez to join them in Italy.
Aside from Costa and Sanchez, La Beneamata is also rumored to be interested in bidding for Paris Saint-Germain's Angel Di Maria and Real Madrid's James Rodriguez.
However, Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has denied the rumors linking Costa to the club, saying that they already have team captain Mauro Icardi and the team does not need a new striker to replace him, as per the Daily Express.
"To talk about this is absurd, we already have a very strong center-forward," Ausilio said. "We will try to evaluate the positions we feel need strengthening."
Icardi has started the season slowly but has bounced back in recent games, scoring 12 goals in 14 games in the Serie A so far. Icardi had been in a contract dispute with senior officials in San Siro during the summer, but he was eventually given an extension up to the summer of 2021.