Chelsea boosted in Costa race as Atletico target replacement

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Chelsea appear to have been handed a timely boost in the race to sign Diego Costa, with reports suggesting that Atletico Madrid have made contact over a potential switch for the player's replacement - Loic Remy.

Speculation over the weekend suggested that the Blues may have reached an initial £50 million agreement for the Spanish international striker and AS now claim that Los Rojiblancos have sent a proposal to Remy's representative concerning a potential switch to the Vicente Calderon to replace Costa.

Such interest in Remy is certainly understandable, with the French international frontman having starred in the Premier League for Newcastle during the 2013/14 campaign during a season-long loan switch from Queens Park Rangers.

With 13 goals in 23 top-flight appearances for Alan Pardew's side, Remy has become instrumental to Newcastle's fortunes and they often look toothless when he he is absent.

And while Newcastle presumably harbour desires to keep him for a tad longer, it appears that Remy himself now has ambitions to play for a 'great European club'.

Atletico have enjoyed a tremendous season so far, with Diego Simeone leading his side to the top of La Liga as well as into the semi-finals of the Champions League (where they will face Chelsea).

As such, you would expect that they could well fit Remy's aforementioned criteria, although it is perhaps slightly questionable if he would provide as good a striking option as the seemingly Chelsea-bound Costa.

The Spanish outfit's apparent interest in Remy is also likely to prove disappointing to North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, with both clubs in rather desperate need of a new striker and having each been linked with the former Marseille man who has a buyout clause worth around €12 million.

In particular, Arsene Wenger will presumably be on the hunt for new recruits in that area with Olivier Giroud flattering to deceive at the Emirates Stadium, Nicklas Bendtner set to leave the club and young Yaya Sanogo proving that he is perhaps not up to the task of leading the line on his own.

However, if Arsenal hope to sign Remy then it looks like they will need to be very quick indeed with Atletico having already started the ball rolling.

If Costa were indeed to go and complete his move to Chelsea, meanwhile, it is certainly clear to see what qualities he would bring to Stamford Bridge.

A formidable and muscular presence in the final third, the Brazilian-born striker would surely provide a significant upgrade on the trio of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o.

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