Atletico Madrid replaces former Chelsea star Costa with another world class striker

Atletico Madrid replaces former Chelsea star Costa with another world class striker

- Atletico Madrid have confirmed the signing of French striker Moussa Dembele

- The Lyon forward completed a six-month loan move with the option of a permanent deal

- Dembele will be replaced by Algerian star Islam Slimani who joined the club from Monaco

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Atletico Madrid have finally signed Moussa Dembele from French side Lyon on loan until the end of the season.

The Wanda Metropolitano outfit have the option to make the deal for the 24-year-old permanent based on performances.

The French striker successfully conducted his medicals with the Spanish outfit and Atleti have officially confirmed the signing of the player on their Twitter account.

Atletico Madrid replaces former Chelsea star Costa with another world class striker

Atletico Madrid replaces former Chelsea star Costa with another world class striker. Photo by Anthony Dibon
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Diego Costa left Atleti after his contract was terminated but the club have signed a replacement to back up Luis Suarez and Felipe Luis.

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Dembele scored 32 times in 76 Ligue 1 games for Lyon and he will be looking to better his record when he features for Diego Simeone's side.

The former Celtic striker began his career at Fulham before moving to the Scottish Premiership and scored 26 times in 55 games for the Glasgow based side.

Meanwhile, former Leicester City striker Islam Slimani has moved to Lyon on a free transfer after leaving Monaco as Dembele's replacement.

The Algerian striker was signed after the Foxes were crowned champions for a then-club-record £30million and managed to score eight Premier League goals.

He loaned out to Newcastle, Fenerbache and then Monaco, where he scored 16 goals in 18 matches for the Ligue 1 side.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Olivier Giroud has been getting several offers from top European clubs and the latest on the cards is La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, The Sun.

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Having let Diego Costa off the hook recently, the Wanda Metropolitano outfit are looking at the Chelsea striker as the Spanish star's replacement.

According to British news outlet BBC Sport, Diego Simeone's side have joined the list of clubs interested in signing the 33-year-old.

Giroud started the new campaign on a slow note but later picked up the pace scoring eight goals in his last eight matches under Frank Lampard.

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