Spanish giants eye Tottenham & Arsenal striker target

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Atletico Madrid are eyeing a move for Aston Villa forward Chritstian Benteke as a replacement for Radamel Falcao, who is on the verge of joining Monaco, according to the Sun.

Benteke enjoyed an outstanding debut season in the Premier League this term, scoring 19 league goals after joining from Genk last summer.

The Belgian's excellent form has prompted reports of interest from Tottenham and Arsenal, while Borussia Dortmund are also said to be monitoring his situation.

Aston Villa remain adamant that Benteke will stay put this summer, but according to the Sun Atletico Madrid are confident that the lure of playing Champions League football will be enough to convince him to make the move to Spain.

Leading striker Falcao is close to making a big-money move to Monaco, and Madrid are said to have identified Benteke as the man to fill the gap left behind by the prolific Colombian.

The Sun also suggest that along with Arsenal and Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea have registered an interest in Benteke.

The former Genk forward put his suitors on alert last week by claiming he would be willing to force his way out of Aston Villa, who avoided relegation by four points this season, if necessary.

“If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won’t necessarily accept that. I do not want to feel I didn’t get the most out of my career," he said.

“There’s no point getting into a tug-of-war with Villa. If the chance comes for me to join a club like Arsenal, I’m convinced we can reach a compromise where everyone comes out a winner.”

The Sun also report that Atletico are also considering bids for Liverpool ace Luis Suarez and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez.

Spurs are in the market for a striker this summer and have been linked with numerous high-profile forwards, including Barcelona's David Villa and Brazilian ace Leandro Damaio, as well as Benteke.

Arsenal are seemingly in a similar position and have been tracking Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic, although they may be pipped to the post by Juventus.


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