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Good news Chelsea? Atletico linked with potential Diego Costa replacement

According to the Italian press, Atletico Madrid are setting their sights on Inter’s Mauro Icardi as a replacement for Diego Costa.

By now you may have heard that Chelsea are in need of a top quality striker.

Of course you have - it’s been at the fore of the football news cycle this season, and won’t be going away until a new front man arrives in west London this summer.

The trio of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba has been deemed inadequate, even criticised by boss Jose Mourinho, although the latter will be in the good books after his late goal against PSG.

Atletico Madrid’s prolific Diego Costa has been constantly linked with a Stamford Bridge switch, 25 La Liga goals to his name with Radamel Falcao now at AS Monaco.

Blues fans - and Mourinho for that matter - would see few, if any, strikers as a better buy. And with Roman Abramovich’s funds at the club’s disposal, no player is ever truly out of Chelsea’s reach.

Still, any signs pointing to Costa’s possible arrival would be welcome in Chelsea circles, and Atletico preparing for life without him would fall into this category.

Lo and behold, Italian outlet Sport Mediaset have claimed that Inter’s Mauro Icardi has caught the eye of Atleti boss Diego Simeone as a potential replacement.

Icardi has suffered his fair share of injuries during his first season at Inter, but has still managed six goals in 911 minutes of action, including an impressive brace at the weekend.

According to Mediaset, the Argentine’s double against Bologna is what truly grabbed the attention of Simeone - who is said to be ‘resigned’ to losing Costa.

The report claims that Inter would demand around €20m for the 21-year-old, though his co-ownership with Sampdoria would have to be sorted out.

From a Chelsea standpoint, any Atleti interest in a new striker spells good news in the Costa sweepstakes.

It may not be Icardi that the Madrid outfit ultimately go for, but as long as Simeone and company are gearing up for their star man’s departure - to Stamford Bridge, that is - Chelsea won’t mind who steps in at the Vicente Calderon.

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