Wolves target Diego Costa did not qualify for a work permit

If Diego Costa passed his physical, Wolves had wanted to give him 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 denied because he had insufficient overseas experience; Wolves anticipate hearing back from the government in the following 48 hours.

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

After Sasa Kalajdzic, a summer acquisition for Wolves, was ruled out due to an ACL injury sustained during their victory over Southampton last weekend, the club had hoped to sign Costa in time for Saturday’s encounter against Liverpool. However, there were allegations the club was concerned about the possibility of obtaining a work visa even before he was granted a contract, considering the fact that he hasn’t played any professional matches since December 12 of last year. After departing Atletico Mineiro in January, Costa is now a free agent. Before his contract was cancelled after only five months in 2021, he played 19 times and scored five goals for them.

Diego Costa’s return to the Premier League has hit a snag, but Wolves are still confident of signing the former Chelsea striker after filing an appeal with the Football Association after he was turned down for a work permit.

To appear for a medical exam on Wednesday, Costa is anticipated to fly to England on Tuesday. Wolves hopes to learn the outcome before Saturday’s match at Liverpool. A hearing will be held to see if the ruling will be reversed.

Costa’s original proposal fell short of the 15-point cutoff necessary to be approved by a regulatory body (GBE). To convince a tribunal that “extraordinary circumstances” prevented Costa from earning 15 points, the club must provide evidence.

Since January, when Atlético Mineiro cancelled his contract, the 33-year-old has been an unsigned free agent. Costa scored five goals in 19 games for the Brazilian team. After their £15 million deal, Wolves are seeking to retain Costa until next summer. During their victory over Southampton, Sasa Kalajdzic sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury on his professional debut. Kalajdzic will miss several months of action.