Atletico Madrid want Chelsea striker as Diego Costa replacement

Atletico Madrid have turned their attention to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as a replacement for the outgoing Diego Costa in the January transfer window.

Costa has come to an agreement with the La Liga side to terminate his contract early, with the deal due to expire at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea man will be available on a free transfer and Arsenal have been linked with a swoop for the Spain international.

However, back in the Spanish capital, Diego Simeone is looking for a new striker to replace Costa, despite him starting just two La Liga fixtures so far this campaign.

Simeone believes Giroud could be the man to do that job and is considering a move for the veteran Frenchman when the transfer window swings open at the start of January, reports Italian broadcaster Rai Sport, via Football365.

The 34-year-old is in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season.

He was out of the team at the start of the campaign but has been called upon more regularly in recent weeks, with summer signing Timo Werner struggling for goals.

The World Cup winner has notched three Premier League goals this season, all of which came in December as he proves his worth to manager Frank Lampard.

Given that Giroud has started four league games over December, it seems unlikely Chelsea will let him leave in January, but he may well be persuaded to move to La Liga for the first time on a free transfer in the summer.

Atletico Madrid are enjoying a fantastic start to the La Liga season, sitting top of the table, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference despite playing two games fewer than their local rivals.

Luis Suarez has scored seven league goals in 10 games since arriving from Barcelona while Joao Felix has netted five times, which is why Costa has struggled to get back into the team, along with some ongoing injury problems.

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