Manchester United lead chase for Chelsea target

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Manchester United have entered the race to sign Atletico Madrid's in-form striker Diego Costa, who has also been linked to Chelsea and Arsenal, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.

The 25-year-old has scored an impressive 19 goals in 17 league matches this season, which has significantly enhanced his reputation and even led to a call-up to the Spanish national team, despite the fact he was born and raised in Brazil.

Atletico sit joint-top of the Primera Liga table heading into the winter break after picking up 46 points from their opening 17 fixtures.

Diego Simeone's side are also through to the Champions League knockout stages, with Costa scoring four goals in the group stages.

The former Valladolid forward reportedly has a £32m release clause in his current contract - and one of the interested Premier League clubs may look to trigger that in either January or at the end of the season.

It's no secret that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is determined to sign another striker, while Arsenal are looking for back-up for Olivier Giroud.

However, Costa will understandably expect a starting role if he was to leave Atletico - and with Robin van Persie struggling with injuries again, United are reportedly the frontrunners for his signature.

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