La Liga transfer latest: Atletico sign Mandzukic, Barca eye Spurs star

Mario Mandzukic Bayern

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Atletico Madrid have been forced to face up to life without top goalscorer Diego Costa, as the Spanish international is now a Chelsea player. Yet manager Diego Simeone hasn't waited around to land his replacement, snapping up Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich for a fee believed to be in the region of €22m. The Croatian will now look to follow a startling tradition for Atleti, who've had the likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Christian Vieri, Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Falcao, Costa, David Villa up front - a star-studded lien of striking talent.

"Bayern Munich is a great club and now I’m coming to another great institution such as Atletico Madrid," said 28-year-old Mandzukic. "Both are top European teams. I’m very happy with my signing with Atleti and hope to help the team’s game with my work."

"We have a great coach and I think my style of playing can fit very well with the team," he continued. "I’ve come to Atletico Madrid because I like how they play. It’s a team that gives their all on the field and is very focused on the attack. Atleti creates many chances and scores many goals, and I like that."

Meanwhile, Barcelona are yet again looking to strengthen their defence despite being ready to part with up to £70m for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Despite their alarmingly misplaced priorities, Barca are now reportedly looking in the direction of Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen as a potential solution to their centre back woes. Club legend Carles Puyol has retired, leaving Gerard Pique and Marc Bartra as the only recognised centre halves at the club, and a move for the Belgian could be in the offing, according to reports in Spain.

Valencia are no strangers to losing their best players having sold David Villa, David Silva, Juan Mata, Jordi Alba and Roberto Soldado in recent seasons, and this week it was left back Juan Bernat who left the club for Bayern Munich. The 21-year-old impressed in La Liga last season and heads to the Allianz Arena to team up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola - and Bernat said he's a big fan of the Bayern manager.

"I’m a real Pep fan. I think I can learn a great deal from him," he said. "He asked me if I would like to join (Bayern) and that was an honour for me."

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