Diego Costa is not currently in England, as Wolves wait to see if their work permit appeal will be successful.
Costa was first linked with a shock move to Wolves on Sunday evening following news of Sasa Kalajdzic’s ACL injury.
It was first claimed he’d be coming for a trial at Compton Park, and then that he would be coming for a medical.
But on Monday, news surfaced that Costa did not automatically qualify for a work permit due to having not played for Spain since 2018 and because he last played in the Brazilian top-flight. He currently does not have enough points to be granted a permit automatically.
Costa has been a free agent since leaving Atletico Mineiro back in January of this year.
Despite the setback, it was thought that Costa would still be flying to England last night ahead of a medical today.
But journalist Liam Keen has reported today that ‘all parties have agreed to delay it until the work permit panel deliver their verdict’.
He adds: “It is hoped that we’ll hear more on the outcome of the panel by the end of today.”
The majority of Wanderers supporters seemingly back a free swoop for Costa.
Since the transfer window is obviously now closed, the free agent market is the only way in which Wolves can bring in cover for Kalajdzic, and competition for Raul Jimenez.
He is by far the best possible option, with many expressing concerns over reports yesterday that the club are considering Andy Carroll as a potential alternative.
Quick swoop for Diego Costa not looking likely for Wolves
Wolves fans hoping the club will wrap up a deal to sign Costa in the coming days are likely to disappointed, based on the information that’s out there right now.
This work permit issue is very frustrating, especially since Costa has played in the Premier League before with Chelsea.
With Wolves holding off Costa’s flight until the verdict, it can be assumed that any deal is probably now more likely to happen next week.
But, of course, Costa does then need to pass his medical if the work permit is granted.
Given he’s had some niggling injury problems over the past couple of years, and hasn’t played in 2022, there is a chance he may not even pass it.