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Arsenal ‘hold talks over shock Diego Costa transfer’ with ex-Chelsea star seen as potential fix for striker shortage


ARSENAL could make a shock move for former Chelsea star Diego Costa, according to reports.

The striker, 33, is available on a free transfer after terminating his contract with Atletico Mineiro.

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And the Spaniard has held informal talks with several clubs about a transfer including Arsenal, report Goal.

But The Gunners have not submitted an official proposal to Costa – who has received an offer from La Liga side Cadiz.

Brazilian clubs Corinthians and Sao Paolo are also believed to be interested in the forward.

Costa only joined Atletico Mineiro last summer but could be ready for a return to Europe.

And Arsenal are in need of a striker after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was ostracised from the squad before he left for the African Cup of Nations.

There is also speculation linking Eddie Nketiah with a transfer exit this month.

Bayer Leverkusen and Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in the young striker whose contract expires in the summer.


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Alexandre Lacazette also has just six months remaining on his current deal.

Arsenal have made Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic their top transfer priority and are willing to spend £58million on the Serbian.

Mikel Arteta is also desperate to bring in a midfielder with a move for Juventus’ Arthur Melo in the works.

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