Transfer news: Arsenal linked with £32m move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

Premier League leaders ready to swoop for Atletico Madrid's free-scoring Brazilian forward after move for Dimitar Berbatov appears to break down

Arsenal's ongoing attempts to rectify their striking crisis have taken another twist after it emerged that Arsene Wenger is reportedly on the verge of making a £32m move for Atletico Madrid's Brazilian superstar Diego Costa.

Despite leading the Premier League table for much of the season, the Gunners now find themselves in serious need of reinforcements after both Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud succumbed to recent injuries.

With Wenger already forced into admitting that Arsenal were looking for a 'special player' to compliment his dwindling striking options, the Frenchman now appears to be homing in on Costa.

After parting with £42m for Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil in the summer, the Daily Star report today that Arsenal officials have already made contact with the La Liga club to inform them that they intend to meet the Brazilian forward's £32m buy-out clause.

That would take the North London club's spending to well over the £70m mark after years of preaching financial pragmatism.

Costa had, according to reports, come close to a move to England six months ago after Liverpool failed with a £21m bid in the wake of Arsenal's £40,000,001 offer for Luis Suarez.

Since then the 24-year-old has soured to the summit of the Spanish goal scoring charts, netting on nineteen occasions in the league with a further four strikes in cup competitions.

It remains to be seen whether Costa, who moved to Atletico from Valladolid in 2010, would welcome a move to English shores after showing no intentions of forcing a move to Anfield last summer.

In the meantime, however, Wenger is faced with the reality of enlisting either Theo Walcott or Lucas Podolski into attack or starting 20-year-old Yaya Sanogo as a lone forward against rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup this weekend.

 

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before