Wolves target Diego Costa did not qualify for a work permit

If he passed a physical, Wolves had intended to give former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa a contract. However, the Spanish striker was not eligible for a work visa since he has not competed in enough international matches. Diego Costa’s work visa application was rejected because he didn’t have enough international appearances; Wolves anticipate a verdict in the following 48 hours.

Costa’s work visa application has not been turned down, but a tribunal will determine whether to approve it. It’s still anticipated that the 33-year-old will land in England on Tuesday night.

Wolves had hoped to acquire Costa in time for Saturday’s game against Liverpool after Sasa Kalajdzic, a summer acquisition, was forced to withdraw due to an ACL injury sustained during their victory over Southampton the previous weekend. He hasn’t played any professional matches since December 12 of last year, so even before he was awarded a contract, there were rumours that the club was worried about the possibility of getting him a work visa. Costa left Atletico Mineiro in January, becoming a free agent. Prior to his contract being cancelled after just five months, he played 19 times and scored five goals for them in the 2021 season.

Wolves’ effort to re-sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa has struck a snag, but they are still confident of doing so after filing an appeal with the Football Association after he was turned down for a work permit.

Costa is anticipated to take a Tuesday flight to England and report for a Wednesday medical. Wolves are expecting to hear back from the hearing before Saturday’s match against Liverpool to see whether the judgement will be reversed.

The 15-point criterion needed to earn a governing body’s support was not met by Costa’s original application (GBE). A panel will want the club to provide evidence that “extraordinary circumstances” prevented Costa from earning 15 points.

Since his contract with Atlético Mineiro was cancelled in January, the 33-year-old has been a free agent. Costa appeared in 19 games for the Brazilian team and scored five goals. Wolves anticipate retaining Costa after their £15 million acquisition until the summer. During their triumph against Southampton, Sasa Kalajdzic sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury. For several months, Kalajdzic will be out of commission.