Spain may reportedly face a tug-of-war with Brazil to call up Diego Costa for international friendlies next month.
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have sent through official documentation to the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirming that the player has yet to play in an official game for the Selecao.
Whilst adhering to regulations that allow Spain to then consider the player for their national team, as he qualifies through residency, the CBF have also reportedly alerted the RFEF in the same communication to their intention to call up the Atletico Madrid man in November.
Luiz Felipe Scolari also revealed yesterday that he has included the 25-year-old in a provisional list of 45 players up for consideration for a place in his World Cup squad.
Both Brazil and Spain will be playing friendlies during the final international break of 2013 and Vicente del Bosque is also seen as likely to try and involve Costa in his plans then.
AS believe that Spain will consult with the player once more over his intentions and if he opts for Brazil, they will waiver any claims.
However, if Costa opts to represent La Roja, it is seen that the CBF will not back down and instead launch a conflict to take to FIFA to arbitrate. If a decision cannot be reached, the governing body’s Dispute Resolution Chamber may get involved.