Multiple reports this evening claim that Salernitana will not sign Diego Costa, as the club was unconvinced by his fitness and motivation.
There had been optimism that the centre-forward would arrive as a free agent at the Stadio Arechi, where he’d be teammates with Franck Ribery.
However, after Sportitalia reported last night that a basic contract had been sent over to his agent for the final read-through, the situation changed today.
According to Sky Sport Italia, Tuttomercatoweb and others, the negotiations have broken down completely.
The reasons given were that the 33-year-old is not in good shape after leaving Atletico Mineiro earlier this month.
He was also not convinced by the idea of automatically renewing the contract if Salernitana managed to avoid relegation and remain in Serie A for next season.
They are currently bottom of the table and on their second coach of the season, while the club was also taken over by new ownership in January.
Meanwhile, Sky Sport Italia pundit Fabrizio Romano maintains Costa had never committed to joining the minnows.
Director of sport Walter Sabatini had already tried to sign Costa for Bologna last year, but coach Sinisa Mihajlovic put a veto on the move.
Salernitana, le condizioni di Diego Costa non convincono. Non sarà un giocatore granata https://t.co/uW3iDUKV1N
— TUTTOmercatoWEB (@TuttoMercatoWeb) January 26, 2022