Manchester United have chance to sign £50m La Liga stars

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Manchester United could be given the chance to sign two of Atletico Madrid's biggest stars, reports suggest.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the La Liga outfit are willing to offer the Premier League champions first option on striker Diego Costa and full-back Filipe Luis - if they drop out of the running to sign Juan Mata.

Transfer speculation surrounding Chelsea's talented playmaker has intensified in recent days, with Manchester United believed to have agreed a provisional fee of £40 million for his services already.

However, Atletico - who currently sit second in the La Liga standings and behind the might of Barcelona only by virtue of an inferior goal difference - appear to have emerged as candidates to land Mata's services as they seek to mount a serious bid for title glory.

Felipe, a left-back who Manchester United reportedly retain an interest in, is supposedly valued at his club at £18 million and Brazilian-born frontman Costa has a buyout clause of £32 million in his current contract at the Vicente Calderon - giving the two a combined value of approximately £50 million.

While such a potential deal could and should prove tempting for both Moyes and Manchester United, it appears unlikely that they will voluntarily give up their chase for Mata - a player who could be so crucial to re-vitalising their ailing midfield during what has been a truly miserable season to date for the reigning Premier League champions.

While interest in a new left-back would undoubtedly seem a priority for Moyes given that Old Trafford stalwart Patrice Evra will probably be leaving the club at the end of the season, Manchester United boast will soon again boast a formidable strike duo in the form of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie - meaning the need for a player of Mata's ilk would appear to outweigh any need for another prolific striker such as Costa.

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