Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a contract that will last through the end of the current campaign.
It might have been a case of saving the best for last when it came to transfer announcements this summer.
After departing Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro in January, the 33-year-old former Chelsea striker has signed on a free transfer.
In 19 appearances and five goals for Atletico Mineiro in 2021, before his contract was cancelled after just five months, the attacker scored a total of five goals.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have officially confirmed the acquisition of Diego Costa, with the Chelsea icon signing a contract until the end of the season.
The Spanish international became known as one of Europe’s most fearsome strikers during his first time playing football in England, winning two trophies in three seasons.
Although the player moving to Molineux may not be at that level anymore and will need some time to get back to match shape, his arrival has been welcomed with joy by his new fans.
After a £15 million summer signing, Costa, who has been without a club since leaving Atletico Mineiro, was brought in. On his debut, Sasa Kalajdzic suffered a severe knee injury.
Wolves made the announcement in an impressive way, and Costa arrived in the Black Country at the ideal moment.
In a video on the club’s social media pages, Costa is shown in a video holding three howling wolves on a chain.
And while he built a name for himself for his tough, no-nonsense approach to the game, even he said that his reveal left him a little nervous.
“I was utterly terrified. Holding that chain, I kept thinking, ‘What if this wolf thinks about jumping on top of me?’ and then the three of them did, “he remarked after his signing was confirmed.
“The wolves did not do a single thing since the person training them kept calling them, urged them to move around a little.
When they came and smelled my foot, I knew I was done for. Then, I was a little frightened. Not dogs, but wolves.
It wasn’t a very comfortable experience, but it was cool. Although I have five dogs, they are not wolves.”
Bruno Lage’s new formation has helped the Wolves play attractive football so far this season.
As a result, Max Kilman and Nathan Collins are at the heart of a promising new look at defense. The squad now has the fewest goals allowed this season.
Costa hasn’t participated in a single professional match since December 2021, so it’s unclear if Lage will select him for Saturday’s match against champions Manchester City.