Nikola Vlasic has revealed Everton were convinced they would sign Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa this summer.

Costa eventually left Chelsea for Atletico last month.

And young winger Vlasic admits Everton chiefs told him they were expecting Costa to arrive when he first signed.

Vlasic, who joined Everton in August from Hajduk Split, stated: “I wanted the number 8, but Ross Barkley has it, and 19 was being saved for Diego Costa. The 27 was free and this was the one I chose.”

Costa will be free to play for Atletico from January 1 once their transfer ban has been completed.