Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer after being placed on the transfer list by Atletico Madrid.

According to various reports, Atletico boss Diego Simeone sees Costa as surplus to requirements and the club are hoping to cash out on him, with only 1 year remaining on his current contract.

Costa was widely criticised for his poor Champions League performance against RB Leipzig earlier this month in which he was completely smothered by 21-year-old Dayot Upamecano before being substituted with 20 minutes to go, as Atletico went on to be knocked out of the competition.

But, according to a report from the Daily Star, one man who is keen to secure the services of the 31-year-old is Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who worked with Costa at Chelsea during the Blues’ title-winning campaign in 2014/15.

The North London side are in the market for a centre-forward who can act as a back-up to Harry Kane during the abnormally fixture-packed season ahead, exacerbated by the upcoming Europa League qualifying rounds that Spurs will now have to partake in.

Although Costa is clearly past the peak of his career, he would certainly add aggression to a side that fans believe have been too soft ever since Mourinho took over last November.

It is no surprise that Chelsea fans have fond memories of Diego and still hold him in high regard, but it would be interesting to see whether they would view him in the same light if a move to Tottenham were to materialise in the coming weeks.

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