Former Chelsea striker Costa, 32, is a free agent after Atletico Madrid released him from his £270,000-a-week contract six months early and is searching for a new club.
Premier League side Wolves have been linked with Costa and Marseille were also mentioned. But their manager Villas-Boas emphatically ruled out any chance of a move for him.
‘First of all, Diego Costa earns €16million (£14m) gross every year. It’s the first thing that we should recognise,’ the Marseille boss said.
‘I received a WhatsApp message from an unknown number telling me that Diego Costa wanted to come to OM. I thought it was a joke.
‘He’s one of the best strikers in the world, [but we are] going to look for something else. We cannot pay his salary.’
After scoring 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea over three seasons, Costa returned to Atletico Madrid in 2017. But his second spell there hasn’t been as profitable as his first, with 19 goals in 81 games. Continue reading
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