Spanish Champions Atletico Madrid, have taken their first steps in filling the void left by the departing Diego Costa and David Villa, by signing Croatian international, Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich in a four year deal, according the the official Atletico Madrid website.
Atletico striker void
Diego Simeone's team enjoyed a superb season last year, winning the La Liga title, making it to the final of the Spanish Cup and the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League however almost inevitably the club has cashed in some of their prize assets, most notably Diego Costa who begins a new live in the Premier League with Chelsea.
Spanish goalscoring record holder, David Villa has also moved onto one final challenge before he calls time on his career, leaving a huge hole upfront for Simeone to plug before the transfer window shuts.
Mandzukic has passed his medical and spent a few hours having a look around the Vicente Calderón Majadahonda Sports facilities before heading off to finish his holiday.
The 28-year old striker began his career in his native Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb winning three League titles, before moving to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, where he played two seasons before being snapped up by Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
During a successful two year spell with Bayern, he scored 47 goals which helped win the Champions League, European Super Cup, Club World Cup two Bundesliga titles, two German Cups and a German Super Cup.
Much like his predecessor, Diego Costa, he is not known for his creativity in front of goal however his goalscoring attributes are accredited to his superb ability in the air and his physicality in front of goal, so with this in mind he should slot into the Diego Simeone game-plan perfectly.
The Croatian international brings plenty of winning experience, both domestically and in Europe, something that will be of great value to Atletico if they want to challenge again next season.