Rumours are circulating that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is ready to add a striker to his squad when the January transfer window opens - and one name linked with a possible switch to the English capital is Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.
The 25-year-old has caught the eye of many again this season, helping fire Atletico to the summit of La Liga jointly with Barcelona. In the process of firing Atletico up the table, Costa has struck 17 times in just 16 league outings, and currently sits top of the scoring charts with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for the Brazilian goal machine, but Costa signed a new deal with Atletico in August, which runs until 2018
It is understood that this new contract included the minimum fee clause around the £32m mark. Having failed with an audacious attempt to land Luis Suarez in the summer, Wenger has found himself relying on Olivier Giroud to lead Arsenal's attack with Lukas Podolski currently sidelined. There have been fears from Gunners fans that Giroud is already struggling with the burden upfront alone, and this is before the busy festive schedule.
Arsenal showed their intentions for this season when they stumped up a club record £42m for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, and the Gunners currently find themselves sitting top of the Premier League.
But despite a good start, a 6-3 defeat away to Manchester City underlined the concerns many have about them going the distance in the hunt for the Premier League.
The recent return of Theo Walcott to the Arsenal squad has given Wenger another boost, but they are still lacking a partner for Giroud. With Podolski still injured, Wenger has even had to opt for out-of-favour Dane Nicklas Bendtner in some games this season.
Given his record for the Gunners, Arsenal fans must be hoping that Wenger tends to his striker issues during the winter transfer window. And the lively Costa could be just the signing he needs to signal his title intentions again and enforce his striking options
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