Atletico Madrid Target Aston Villa Forward as Potential Diego Costa Replacement

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La Liga side keen on Belgian international.

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Atletico Madrid are ready to revive their push to sign Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke according to talkSPORT.

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Interest in the 23 year old Belgian appears related to the possible departure of in-form Vicente Calderon striker Diego Costa, who is being chased by Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea.

Atletico will not sell Costa for a penny less than his £32m release clause, a clause that is likely to be triggered in view of his amazing form this term with the Brazilian born marksman scoring an astonishing 19 goals in 16 La Liga starts.

Aston Villa apparently want £25m for Benteke, who has struggled to replicate the form he showed in his debut season, scoring just 14 Premier League fixtures this season.

Paul Lambert would be loathed to lose Benteke, who only signed a new long term contract in the summer, but having signed the player for £7m one imagines any offer of more than double that outlay would be tough to turn down.

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