Brazil will call up Spain target Costa
Five-times world champions Brazil will call up Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa for the friendly internationals against Chile and Honduras next month, the country's football federation (CBF) said Thursday.
The CBF sent a letter to world governing body FIFA saying they intend to call Costa into their squad for the World Cup hosts' matches in Miami and Toronto.
World champions Spain had been hoping to win Costa's allegiance for themselves as he has double nationality and did not feature in Brazil's successful Confederations Cup campaign in June, when the hosts beat Spain in the final in Rio.
In March, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari called him up for friendly internationals against Italy and Russia, but as they were not competitive fixtures, Costa is not yet tied to one particular nation.
Costa later made comments suggesting he would be interested in playing for Spain leading Spain coach Vicente del Bosque to say he would be interested in selecting the forward if FIFA approved his switch.
Earlier this month FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke indicated that would be possible.
The 24-year-old was born in Brazil but moved to Spain in 2007, signing for Atletico.
As a result, he is eligible to play for La Roja on residency grounds having not yet featured in a competitive match for Brazil.