Atletico Madrid reportedly lining up Loic Remy to replace Diego Costa

Loic Remy

Atletico Madrid are reportedly eyeing Loic Remy, sparking speculation that Diego Costa is nearing a deal with Chelsea.

Atletico Madrid are enjoying a stunning season under Diego Simeone, with the club sitting three points clear of local rivals Real at the top of La Liga as well as being in the Champions League semi final against Chelsea having seen off Barcelona in the last round.

A large part of their success this term has been the sensational goalscoring record of Brazilian-turned-Spaniard Diego Costa, with a staggering 33 goals in 36 starts making the 25-year-old one of the most deadly strikers in Europe - which has unsurprisingly been turning heads around the continent.

Costa follows in the long line of predatory Atletico strikers such as Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan and Falcao, who all hit the back of the net on a regular basis at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, and those feats have particularly interested Chelsea.

The Blues reportedly agreed a €60m deal for the former Braga and Real Valladolid striker over the weekend, which would improve Jose Mourinho's strikeforce in West London immensely, with Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres all struggling to be consistent this season.

There are still some sceptics over the rumoured agreement, but one piece of news broke today that could suggest that the speculation is correct, as Loic Remy was suggested a primary target for Atletico this summer.

The Frenchman is currently on loan at Newcastle United from QPR, and has enjoyed a prolific season in the North East, hitting 13 goals in just 22 starts for the Magpies. With Champions League football firmly in the mind of the former Marseille man, Newcastle won't be able to keep hold of him and it's believed that his availability has put Atletico on red alert.

The news may well mean that Remy is being lined up as a direct replacement for Costa, which would be a huge boost to Mourinho and all Chelsea fans as they look to reclaim the Premier League title sooner rather than later.

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