Wednesday, 20th February, 2013
Atletico Madrid are ready to launch a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke as they prepare for possible life without Radamel Falcao next season.
According to Spanish daily AS, Atletico Madrid have been impressed by Benteke’s performances in a struggling Aston Villa side this season and are now seriously keen on tempting the Belgium international to the Vicente Calderon.
Keeping hold of Falcao is already looking mission impossible for Diego Simeone’s men, even if they secure Champions League football for next season.
And bringing in Benteke could ease the pain of losing the talented Colombian.
However, Atletico Madrid may have a tough job convincing the former Genk man to relocate to La Liga.
Benteke has spoken of his desire to play in England and the joy achieving his dream has brought.
A move to Spain would mean abandoning that after just 12 months.
And he has suitors in the Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur all having been linked with making a move for his services in the summer.
Atletico Madrid are thought to be ready to pay up to €20M for the 22-year-old.
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