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Ex-Palmeiras chief Mattos: Diego Costa showed enormous desire to play for us

Former Palmeiras sports chief Alexandre Mattos has revealed they made an attempt to sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa last summer.

The Spain international has just over a year to run on his current deal - and Mattos admits they tried to sign the firebrand before the start of the season.

He told Yahoo Brasil: "Diego Costa showed an enormous desire to play for Palmeiras, but the numbers were absurd.

"There was a lot of talk, but we did not go from there, his agent did not show any desire to carry out the transfer."

Along with Palmeiras, it's understood Flamengo also made a move for Diego Costa at the time.

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