Diego Costa has waved goodbye to the Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro after terminating his deal with them.

The 33-year-old only joined Antonio Mohamed’s side in 2020 after calling time on his second spell at Atletico Madrid.

But just five months into his stint at the Estadio Mineirao, the Spain attacker has parted company with the team and could now be heading back to the Premier League, with Arsenal reportedly thinking about a free transfer.

‘Today, officially, I say goodbye to Atletico. I would like to thank all Massa Atleticana for all the support and affection I received from the first to the last day,’ Diego wrote on Instagram.

‘Thank you so much for being part of my childhood dream of playing in Brazilian football and winning titles.

‘I would also like to express my gratitude to the entire technical staff, medical department, employees and especially to my teammates who helped me daily, always doing everything to make me feel comfortable.


‘The feeling that remains is gratitude to all of you Athleticans. Thank you and I wish you all the success in the world!!!’

Costa is said to have held informal discussions with the Gunners, who are on the hunt for a new number nine in January.

They face competition for the player’s signature, nevertheless, as Sao Paolo and Corinthians, along with Spanish team Cadiz, are also said to be interested.