Diego Costa has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. on a deal until the end of
the season after having his work permit granted to seal a return to the Premier
Costa, who had been without a club since leaving Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro in
January, was initially denied a work permit when his application did not fulfil the
points criteria, but was accepted upon appeal.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Diego Costa
to Wolves, and back to the Premier League.
“A serial winner with a wealth of experience at the highest level, Diego will bring
something unique to our dressing room and on the pitch, and we look forward to his
impact at Molineux and Compton this season.
Wolves were left short at striker after new arrival Sasa Kalajdzic sustained a knee
ligament injury during his debut on Saturday, while Raul Jimenez missed the opening
two games of the season with a knee injury.
Costa, 33, previously helped Atletico Madrid to the LaLiga title in 2014 before
embarking on a successful three-year spell at Chelsea, where he scored 59 goals in
120 games in all competitions and won two Premier League titles in 2015 and 2017,
as well as the League Cup in 2015.
He left to return to Atletico in 2017 but left in December 2020 before returning to
native Brazil last summer to join Atletico Mineiro.
Costa, who was born in Brazil, represented Spain at the international level, scoring 10
goals in 24 games, his last appearance coming at the 2018 World Cup in Russia