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Mario Mandzukic will flourish at Atletico Madrid (1)

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Mario Mandzukic made the right decision by choosing to join Atletico Madrid ahead of a prospective Chelsea or Arsenal transfer this summer.

The Spanish club boast a fantastic record of getting the best out of their strikers, and the Croatia international is a ready-made replacement for the recently departed Diego Costa at the Vicente Calderon.

Costa scored 36 goals in all competitions for Diego Simeone's side in 2013/14 - prolific form that prompted a £32 million move to Stamford Bridge. But, prior to last season the Brazilian-born Spain international failed to ever register more than ten goals in a single campaign.

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With that in mind it could be argued that Atletico Madrid have actually upgraded following the capture of Mandzukic, who has produced prolific form over a longer period of time and for Bayern Munich over the past two seasons.

The arrival of Robert Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena raised doubts about the 28-year-old's role in Pep Guardiola's first-team moving forward, which ultimately led to his departure.

Proven quality

Mandzukic joins the Spanish champions having won seven trophies during his two-year stay in Bavaria, including a Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League treble in 2013.

He netted an impressive 33 goals in 54 league games for Bayern Munich, and is sure to add to that record over the next four years in La Liga.

Despite already landing Costa, Jose Mourinho was credited with an interest in bringing Mandzukic to Chelsea, as the Portuguese coach attempts to significantly strengthen his striker ranks in west London.

Premier League interest

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was also rumoured to be monitoring the player's situation as he seeks a new signing to ease the goalscoring burden on Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal successfully secured the services of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona on Thursday, but are still on the lookout for an out-and-out target man to provide competition for the France international at the focal point of attack.

However, Mandzukic was right to turn his back on interest from the Premier League, and his decision will be vindicated when the talisman starts finding the net on a regular basis just like each of his predecessors did at Atletico Madrid over the past few years.

Click the ‘begin slideshow’ button below to see Los Colchoneros' impressive list of leading strikers since 2007 - and have your say in the comment box provided who you think is the best of the lot.

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