Costa & Koke replacements? Atletico linked with summer move for Benfica pair

Arsenal and Manchester United have long been linked with Diego Costa and Koke respectively, and now Atletico Madrid have been linked with two new players.

So another transfer window has closed, which means we can stop all this gossip and rumour-mongering until the end of the current campaign, right?

Well, no, not really, because Portuguese newspaper O Jogo reports that Atletico Madrid is a possible destination for Benfica duo Rodrigo and Andre Gomes – the pair whose economic rights were reportedly sold for a combined fee of €45million in the final throes of the January window.

Despite that apparent sale, both players will remain at the Portuguese club until the end of the season, at which point they are set to move on.

If the link to Atletico is true, the pair could be brought in as replacements for Diego Costa and Koke – players who have regularly been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United respectively.

Yes, there is a somewhat tenuous link here. But given that coach Diego Simeone already has David Villa and (at least for now) the Brazilian Diego in his squad, the arrival of striker Rodrigo could lead to the departure of Costa – who is one of the hottest striking properties in Europe.

Similarly Koke, who is slightly more attack-minded than Gomes (although the latter has featured further up the field in the past) could be allowed to leave with a potential replacement secured.

Of course the latest story is no more or less true than any that did the rounds last month. And until next summer, we should really focus solely on the games and leave the speculation for another day.

But United and Arsenal fans will already be wondering what their teams will look like next season. And if Atletico do bring in players in the positions currently occupied by Costa and Koke, they could finally get their much-needed missing pieces.

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