Spain step up Costa pursuit
The Spanish Federation (RFEF) are waiting for an ‘imminent response’ from FIFA as to their enquiry about the eligibility of Diego Costa, according to El País, as reported by AS.
The Atlético Madrid forward qualifies to play for Spain, despite being born in Lagarto, Brazil.
He has two caps for the Seleção but could be allowed to switch nationalities.
FIFA rules insist a player can change federations if he has not played in any competitive matches.
Both Costa’s appearances came in friendlies earlier this year - against Russia and Italy.
Having not been selected for the Confederations Cup, the 24 year-old can only be locked down by Brazil if he features at the World Cup - when they next play competitively.
Spain, in contrast, still have qualifying matches at home to Belarus and away in Georgia to come ahead of next summer. Should Costa receive permission to switch nationalities and plays in one of those ties, he would be unable to revert back to Brazil.
AS reports that the RFEF have reached out to Costa, with the forward said to be interested in switching to Spain.
Having snubbed interest from Liverpool over the summer, Costa has gone on to score seven goals in six appearances for Atlético this season. Alongside Barcelona, they are the only side in La Liga with maximum points - 18 - after six rounds.