Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Atletico Mineiro over a move for Diego Costa with the former Chelsea striker looking to make a return to Europe.
The Gunners are keen to add a new no.9 in January due to their lack of depth at the position.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta after he was stripped of the captaincy and will likely leave the club sooner rather than later.
Alexandre Lacazette is currently leading the line for Arsenal, but his future is also up in the air as he is set to leave as a free agent at the end of the season.
January is a notoriously hard window to do business in but Arsenal are willing to break the bank to find a new talisman.
Dusan Vlahovic is their number one target, but it remains to be seen whether Fiorentina will let their prized asset leave midway through the campaign.
it appears that Arsenal are looking at a short-term solution if a deal for the Serbian does not materialise – and it’s a name they’re familiar with.
It’s claimed Mikel Arteta’s men have made an “informal consultation” with Atletico Mineiro over a deal for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to Goal in Brazil.
They approached Atletico-MG to find out about the player’s plans for the immediate future after the director of football Rodrigo Caetano revealed that the Spaniard had expressed his desire to leave the club after the Brazilian season ended.
Costa is currenty on vacation in Spain but the report says there has been no official bid from Arsenal as Corinthians and Sao Paulo have also been linked with the ex-Atletico Madrid player.
Caetano broke the news that Costa wanted to leave Brazil and return to Europe, something Mineiro will accommodate as they knew this was a possibility when they signed him.
He said: “The reasons given were adaptation, personal issues… When he goes to that side, there’s not much to argue about.
“He stayed with us until the end, he was a very important piece, athlete competitive. He was afraid of this long period that he stayed in Europe, he made it clear that at some point, if he didn’t feel comfortable, we could make an agreement of this type.
“We accepted the request and we are building the best agreement for all parties. We appreciate his delivery and this period with us. It is very likely that he will not stay with us this season. from the sides”.
Arteta has admitted that his side are “open” to doing a big deal in this window as the club are desperate for attacking reinforcements.
“If it’s the right player, we can afford and we can do want we want to do, we will discuss it and come to the best possible decision. We are open,” he said.
“I think with the amount of things and the way we want to evolve the squad, we have to maximise every window in many different ways.
“We are alert. (Technical director) Edu and his team are working very hard because we know exactly what we need to do.
“Whether we can accomplish that in January or the summer is a different question and related to lots of other stuff but we are there.”