Atletico Madrid are now almost certain to sell Diego Costa even if the club managed to win the Champions League and the league title this season. This is because the club of their size cannot afford to keep a player of Costa’s stature simply because the player’s wage demands will be out of the reach for the club. As a result, he is set to leave to potential destinations like Chelsea, where he could be earning around £ 200,000 per week. This would leave a major void in the Atletico Madrid attack and they are reportedly planning to fill this with the signing of Javier Hernandez from Manchester United.
The Mexican has grown frustrated due to lack of regular playing time at the club. The final straw for the 25-year-old came in the second leg Champions League quarter-final match against Bayern Munich. Even though he was fully fit for this encounter, manager David Moyes decided to give painkilling injections for an unfit Wayne Rooney and use them instead. Rooney did not have the best of games, as he squandered two great opportunities that ultimately left United being knocked out of the competition after a 4-2 defeat on aggregate.
Hernandez had a couple of weeks ago that he was unhappy with the game time he has been getting at United this season. This being a World Cup year has also made him grow impatient. Even though Mexico do not have much recognised stars up front, Hernandez says that competition for places has been increasing within the national team and that he has to play regularly in order to convince the national team boss to pick him. Mexico are expected to have a tough World Cup after only managing to narrowly qualify for the competition through the play-offs – by beating minnows New Zealand.