Atletico Madrid could move for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke as a replacement for Diego Costa this summer, according to Fichajes. net.
The Belgian international was initially linked with the Spanish club last summer after a superb first season in English football, and though his form has dipped this year, they remain fans of his.
Benteke has also attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund in the past, and Villa may now look to cash in on the 23-year-old as he has failed to build on an impressive start to his career at the club. Atletico are facing the possible departure of leading scorer Costa, whose fantastic record in front of goal this season has seen him linked with big-money moves to the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. At his best, Benteke is a similarly physical target man and clinical upfront, and may be the ideal like-for-like replacement for Diego Simeone’s side. Benteke has 9 goals and 2 assists in all competitions this season, but his 23 goals last year almost single-handedly saved Paul Lambert’s side from relegation.