Chelsea-bound Diego Costa to be replaced by €13m Spurs target – report

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for Leandro Damiao, who has long been heralded as a player Tottenham admire.

Diego Costa’s scintillating form in front of goal has been a key reason for a season of unprecedented success for Atletico Madrid this term.

However, the naturalised Spaniard looks increasingly set to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer, with Chelsea hot on the hitman’s heels.

With Diego Simeone’s men looking resigned to losing their star forward, a number of players have been linked as a potential replacement.

The latest candidate is someone well known to Premier League fans, as he has been consistently linked with a move to Tottenham over the last 18 months.

Spurs have had bids for Leandro Damiao rejected in the past, who has starred in his homeland for initially Internacional and now Santos.

Despite only moving clubs in January, AS have claimed that Atletico have identified the Brazil international as the man to replace Costa this summer and are set to offer €13 million for him this summer.

Damiao has been omitted from the Brazil squad for this summer’s World Cup, despite amassing 17 caps over the last three years.

Tottenham appear to have given up on his signature after a number of botched attempts.

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