Atletico Madrid will launch a bid for Aston Villa's Christian Benteke if they sell Premier League target Diego Costa, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

Costa has been linked with moves to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks, as the Brazilian has alerted their attention by scoring an outstanding 23 goals in 20 games for Atletico Madrid so far this season.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Chelsea's Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho are both particularly keen on adding a striker to their ranks in January, as both sides remain short of options up front. 

Wenger has relied on Olivier Giroud to score the goals for Arsenal this season, while the likes of Chelsea duo Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have struggled to convince Mourinho that they are worthy of a regular first-team spot. 

Costa, who is said to have a buy-out clause of £32million, would only be allowed to leave the Vicente Calderon Stadium if manager Diego Simeone managed to recruit a suitable replacement. 

And reports suggest Simeone has identified Aston Villa's Benteke as the man to replace Costa if he is sold in January or during next summer's transfer window. 

Belgium international Benteke has been in and out of form this season, however his tally of 19 goals in 34 Premier League games last campaign has convinced Atletico Madrid into making the 23-year-old their number one target.

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