Diego going to Cost-a Arsenal

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Diego Costa celebrates one of his two goals against Valencia.GettyImagesDiego Costa is on the radar of Arsenal.

Arsenal are continuing their pursuit of a new striker in the January window, with the Daily Mail reporting that Atletico Madrid player Diego Costa is the latest star tipped to be on the shopping list. The Brazilian-born Costa is in stunning form since filling the vacated shoes of Radamel Falcao in the Spanish capital, scoring a whopping 21 goals in all competitions this season. And with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger desperate to add to his forward line in the upcoming window, Costa could be the perfect man to break the London club's long silverware drought. One problem -- the striker's buy-out clause is priced at a staggering 32 million pounds.

Talking of Arsenal, the Gunners have apparently been joined by Chelsea in the race for Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia. In what is becoming an all-out Premier League brawl, the Daily Star is reporting that Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are all vying for the Inter Milan centre-back. The 25-year-old has seen his first-team opportunities dwindle at the San Siro and that has seen the English rivals position themselves for a potential transfer. But a spanner could be thrown into the works with the Italy international wanting to stay and fight for his spot under Walter Mazzarri.

Finally, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas could be moving to England, with the Mirror claiming that agents have been sounding out clubs for a potential move. Casillas has lost his spot at the Bernabeu and is fearing the same thing could happen with the Spain squad heading into the World Cup. Both Arsenal and Manchester City have been contacted about a move for the 32-year-old, but only City would realistically consider the move with the title chasers still yet to firm on either Joe Hart or Costel Pantilimon at the back.


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