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Everton were so close to signing Diego Costa that they reserved a shirt number for him

The Toffees were heavily linked with the former Chelsea striker over the summer

Everton have seriously struggled to score goals this season. 

Which is probably why they’re currently in the bottom three of the Premier League table and manager-less, having given Ronald Koeman the ave earlier this week.


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But maybe, just maybe, things would’ve been different if they’d managed to snap up Diego Costa from Chelsea over the summer.

The Spanish forward was a surprise transfer target for the Blues – with some reports claiming the Merseysiders were willing to cough up to £70 million for the controversial forward.

In the end, they failed to make the deal happen and he duly returned to Atletico Madrid.

Costa will officially join Atleti January

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Costa will officially join Atleti January

But according to one of Everton’s summer signings – winger Nikola Vlasic – the club genuinely thought they had a shot at signing him, even going as far as saving a shirt number for the Brazil-born striker.

The Croatian admitted that upon his arrival at the club, he was told he was not allowed the No 19 shirt because it was reserved for Costa.


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Speaking to 24sata, Vlasic said: “The No. 27 was free, I wanted 8 but Ross Barkley wears it, while the club was keeping 19 for Diego Costa.”

Vlasic was just one of many signings Everton made over the summer

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Vlasic was just one of many signings Everton made over the summer

Everton are currently languishing in 18th place in the Premier League following their weekend loss to Arsenal.

That’s despite spending over £100 million on the likes of Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Would things have been different with Costa in the side?