Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Atletico Madrid’s in-form striker, Diego Costa, which could scupper Chelsea’s attempt to bring the Spanish international to Stamford Bridge this summer.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners are willing to trigger a £31m transfer clause inserted into Costa’s contract, as they attempt to seriously boost their strike-force ahead of next season.
Many criticised Arsene Wenger for not bringing in a striker during the January transfer window and a lack of support or competition for Olivier Giroud has been identified as one of the reasons why Arsenal’s title challenge petered out after the new year.
Wenger is adamant on bringing a high profile striker to Emirates Stadium this summer though, having failed to prise Luis Suarez away from Liverpool at the start of the season.
25-year-old Costa has been in superb form for Atletico this summer, successfully taking over the reigns of Radamel Falcao who departed to Monaco.
He is still on course to helping his side secure a historic double, with Costa himself scoring one of the goals in the 3-1 win over Chelsea in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final. Atletico will face bitter rivals and title challengers Real Madrid in the final at the end of the month.