Gunners hope to land Brazilian in January.
Premier League leaders Arsenal will send scouts out to Spain to watch in-form Atletico de Madrid front man Diego Costa in action first hand on Saturday evening, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
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The prolific Brazil-born striker is currently enjoying a sensational campaign in front of goal for Diego Simeone’s high-flying Liga outfit, so much so that many of the Continent’s biggest clubs have been keeping close tabs on Costa of late with a view to making a bid for the player when the winter transfer window opens again in the new year.
And that also includes a number of Premier League giants as well, with both champions Manchester United and Liverpool having been heavily linked with the 25-year-old of late.
In fact, the Reds even tried to buy Costa last summer by lodging an offer for the forward that was big enough to activate the £22.8 million release clause in his contract, only for the recently called-up Spain international to turn down the chance to move to Anfield.
And Atleti responded to Liverpool’s approach by handing Costa a lucrative new deal until 2018, as well as also doubling the attacker’s wages and increasing his buyout clause to a whopping £32m.
However, that figure has reportedly not scared the Gunners off, with scouts from the north London club set to check Costa out in this weekend’s league match with Levante.
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