ATLÉTICO MADRID

Five strikers on Atlético Madrid's radar for next season

Islam Slimani

The Algerian youngster has been making quite a name for himself at Sporting CP, where he has racked up 24 goals in 38 matches this season. Standing at 6 foot and weighing in at a sturdy 84 kilos, he ticks all the boxes for the physical style of football Simeone likes to play. The pro: his price tag isn’t too excessive (his buyout clause sits at 30 million euros). The con: he is so far untested at the highest stage.

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Stevan Jovetic

The Inter Milan striker’s stock was sky high when he was at Fiorentina, but a disappointing spell with Manchester City brought his star crashing down to earth. Despite moving back to Serie A – this time to Inter Milan – the Montenegrin has yet to rediscover his best form. Perhaps under Simeone’s wing he could recapture his former glories.

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Edinson Cavani

The Uruguayan has long been earmarked for a move to the Spanish capital, however, signing him wouldn’t come cheap (PSG paid Napoli 64 million euros for him) and that’s without touching on his salary (according to reports in France he earns 10 million euros per year). Standing in Atleti’s favour is the fact the South American, sick of playing out wide to accommodate Ibrahimovic, is looking for a move away from Paris.

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Diego Costa

The most likely of the five candidate on this list. The club have made the Spanish-nationalised Brazilian their top target. Temper tantrums and lackluster performances have made Costa a bit of a laughing stock in the Premier League and he is clearly unhappy at Chelsea. While the former Atleti man would like to return to the banks of the Manzanares, his current club might make the move tricky, given the 38 million euros they shelled out to bring him to London less than two years ago.

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Gonzalo Higuaín

As good as El Pipita is, signing a former Real Madrid player would turn more than a few stomachs in the Calderón (the Argentine was particularly effective against Atlético during his Los Blanco playing days). The Napoli striker has hit the onion bag 29 times in 36 games this season and is still well in the race with Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez to scoop the Golden Shoe. Higuaín would be a perfect addition to Cholo’s squad; he’s fast, powerful, physical and embodies his compatriot’s never-say-die attitude. Nonetheless, only a big offer would see Napoli depart with their star man, who cost them 40 million euros.

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