Atletico Madrid target Roberto Soldado as Costa replacement

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Diego Costa's move to Chelsea could kickstart the transfer merry-go-round with Atletico Madrid looking to Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado as a replacement for the Brazilian, according to the Independent. 

In turn, that could free up cash for Tottenham to make moves for QPR forward Loic Remy and Southampton's Jay Rodriguez.

Soldado joined Tottenham last summer in a deal worth around £26 million, but failed to impress in his maiden Premier League campaign - managing just six Premier League goals from 28 games.

Now reports suggest that Spurs could be about to cut their losses and let him join Atletico Madrid in a cut-price £13 million deal.

That deal could in turn free up space and money to help Tottenham launch a double raid for Remy - who is available for £8 million - and Rodriguez. The north London club look short of options in attack even with Soldado on board and are being heavily linked with the pair. 

Although Rodriguez is currently injured his relationship with former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino - who was announced as Tottenham manager this week - could mean the deal goes through.

If Soldado's switch from White Hart Lane does go ahead then it seems he would be joining Atleti as a ready-made replacement for Diego Costa, who is bound for Chelsea.

The Brazilian is said to be close to a £32 million switch to Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea could also be looking to offload Fernando Torres, with Samuel Eto'o now out of contract.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is likely to be a busy man as he seeks to get his transfer business done early this summer - he's in the market for Costa's Atletico team-mate's Filipe Luiz and Tiago, while a move for PSG's Ezequiel Lavezzi has been mooted.

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