With only two league goals this season and a constant subject to isolation in Chelsea's calamitous squad, Diego Costa is rumoured to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish forward has often been reduced to a spectator this season, able to do little as the team around him caves in. It has been a dramatic plummet for Jose Mourinho’s men, who find themselves dwelling in a lowly 15th in the Premier League table.
Chelsea’s most prominent creative sparks of last campaign proved Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas. However, the 2015/16 term has seen Costa’s supply line from the pair well and truly severed amidst their stagnant form.
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Moreover, the controversy over the Spaniard’s three-match ban in September left the player feeling vilified as Arsenal’s Gabriel escaped relatively unscathed.
It all culminates in a very negative aura surrounding Costa and has lead to prominent reports linking him with a move away from west London. With Chelsea’s torrid form this season, such a move could be described as the 27-year-old fleeing a sinking ship.
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According to the Express, as per Spanish publication Don Balon, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is a "huge fan" of Costa for his ability to wage "war" with defenders.
The report proceeds to link the former Atletico Madrid forward as a potential transfer target for the Catalan outfit in January. Coupled with the seemingly imminent departure of Radamel Falcao, such a move may leave Mourinho stripped bare of any formidable finishers.
The popular Spanish newspaper went on to claim Enrique is convinced Costa’s arrival would further enhance the form of attacking trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are currently under a transfer embargo, but will be free to dip their toes in the transfer market again come New Year, whilst there is little doubt the European champions have the financial muscle to prise Costa away from his Premier League frustrations.
Sick of torment from the Football Association and being entangled in a club spiralling downwards, Costa is certainly enduring a rough patch in his English tenure.
Whether Barcelona prove the player’s suitors come January is yet to be seen, but Costa’s attention may turn to the exit door one way or another if the Blues’ frustrations continue.