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Spanish Champions To Raid Premier League To Replace Chelsea Bound Striker

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur brace themselves for offers.

La Liga winners Atletico Madrid have reportedly targeted two Premier League strikers as they look to replace Spanish goal machine Diego Costa.

Striker Costa has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea for well over a month and he is expected to arrive at Stamford Bridge this summer for a transfer fee in the region of £32m.

Costa’s departure will leave a big hole in Diego Simeone’s team. The 25-year-old scored 27 goals in 35 La Liga games and eight in nine Champions League appearances this season.

According to The Mirror, Atletico are keen on Manchester City star Alvaro Negredo, who has netted 23 goals in 49 club matches since moving to the Etihad Stadium from Sevilla last July.

Negredo, 28, has struck 10 goals in 21 senior international appearances for Spain.

Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that Atletico are plotting a bid for Tottenham Hotspur forward Roberto Soldado, who endured a difficult debut campaign in England.

Soldado, who joined Spurs in a £26m switch from Valencia in August, has scored 11 goals in 36 games for Tottenham.

The 29-year-old has been capped 12 times by Spain’s first team, scoring seven goals, but he will not represent his country at next month’s World Cup.

Negredo and Soldado both have three years left to run on their current contracts.

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