Arsene Wenger is desperate to bring in a big name star to quash voices of discontent surrounding his summer transfer dealings at the Emirates Stadium.
Benzema is his number one choice, but with a deal likely to be pricey – both in terms of a fee and the player’s salary – the Frenchman is already lining up alternatives.
He sees Costa – who was believed to be close to joining Liverpool a few weeks ago – as the ideal backup option, and could launch a move I the coming days.
The Brazilian only recently penned a new deal with Atletico, but reports suggest that they could be convinced to sell already.
Liverpool saw a £22m bid for Costa rejected, but Arsenal are hopeful that a fresh offer in the same region will be enough to convince the Spaniards to sell, after the 24-year-old was jeered by some sections of the club’s support during a recent clash with Sevilla.
Although he maintains he is happy in Madrid, rumours suggest that the South American only penned a new deal at the Vicente Calderon due to a lack of appealing options from other clubs.
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