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Player tipped for £3.3m Arsenal return may replace Chelsea-bound striker

Reported Arsenal target Carlos Vela has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid to replace the seemingly Chelsea-bound Diego Costa.

Last month, reports claimed Arsenal were prepared to activate their buy-back clause for former striker Carlos Vela.

For a reported £3.3million, the Gunners could bring in the Mexican hit-man who has shone since leaving the Emirates for Real Sociedad.

Those stories have since gone cold, and now Spanish newspaper El Confidencial has linked Vela with a switch to Atletico Madrid as a replacement for Diego Costa.

The latter is believed to be set for a summer switch to Chelsea, and following David Villa’s move to the MLS, the new La Liga champions would be left very short if Costa does head to Stamford Bridge.

The latest report claims Vela is highly regarded in Spain and is being lined up by Diego Simeone to partner fellow front-man Angel Correa, whose move from San Lorenzo was agreed last week.

Vela scored 21 goals last season and provided 14 assists. In comparison, Costa scored 36 but set up just seven.

So in essence, if the former Arsenal star continues his recent run of form Atletico could be confident of replacing the majority of Costa’s goals while making a profit by selling him to Chelsea.

But Arsenal could still play a big part, with that clause in place and Arsene Wenger actively seeking at least one new striker this summer.

The only question is, will it be Vela?

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