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Reports: Diego Costa linked to Napoli

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Diego Costa has been linked to a move to Napoli, according to reports from Italy.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports this Tuesday that Diego Costa is a target of Carlos Ancelotti’s Napoli.

The newspaper claims that Ancelotti has given the green light to the board to open negotiations for the 31-year-old Spanish international.

Although Atlético coach Simeone is an admirer of Costa, the club would be willing to cash in on the controversial striker whose representatives would also be open to the possibility of a switch to Italy.

Costa moved back to Atlético in January 2018 from Chelsea after three-and-a-half seasons in England.

But his return to Los Rojiblancos has not been as successful as had been expected. The Spaniard has scored just 12 goals in 44 games across all competitions since his January 2018 return.

LYON, FRANCE – MAY 15: Diego Simeone, Coach of Atletico Madrid and Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid look on during a Club Atletico de Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Europa League Final against Olympique de Marseille at Stade de Lyon on May 15, 2018, in Lyon, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

And on top of having missed two months earlier this season after undergoing a foot operation, Costa was handed an eight-match ban for verbally abusing the referee against Barcelona at Camp Nou in April, meaning he would play no further part this season

Ancelotti has pinpointed the striker as a potent addition as Napoli look to mount a serious title challenge to Juventus next season.

And Gazzetta dello Sport points out that Costa would bring some much-needed experience for both their league and Champions League campaign.