Diego Costa closes in on move as hopes of Premier League return end

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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Atletico Madrid v Deportivo Alaves - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - June 27, 2020 Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa celebrates scoring their second goal, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

Diego Costa is heading back to Brazil (Picture: REUTERS)

Many fans had hoped to see Diego Costa make a return to the Premier League but those hopes look set to be dashed as the striker closes in on a move to Brazilian side Palmeiras.

The 32-year-old has been out of contract since leaving Atletico Madrid in December and has been linked with a wide range of clubs across the globe.

Premier League clubs including Arsenal, Wolverhampton Wanderers and even Manchester City have been mentioned as possible destinations for the Spain international, while he has also been in talks over lucrative moves to Suadi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey.

However, it is a return to his homeland of Brazil and the team he supported as a boy, Palmeiras, that looks to be next for the former Chelsea man.

Sky Sports report that the Sao Paulo-based club have put together an offer worth around £2.6m-per-year after tax for Costa.

Costa came through the yough ranks at another Sao Paulo side, Barcelona Capela, but this will be his first time as a first team at a Brazilian side having left the country for Portuguese side Braga back in 2006.

He went on to have notable spells at Albacete, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano before really making his name in the Atletico Madrid first team.

36 goals in the 2013-14 season for Atleti earned him a move to Chelsea where he netted 52 times in just 89 Premier League games, winning the league title twice.

He also won La Liga and the Copa del Rey with Atleti in his first spell with the club, before returning after his stint at Stamford Bridge to win the Europa League with Atleti.

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