Atlético are looking for a replacement for Diego Costa, who had his contract terminated by mutual agreement last month.

Atletico Madrid want sign Moussa Dembele

Lyon has confirmed they are negotiating with Atletico Madrid over Moussa Dembele’s sale to the Liga leaders. Atlético are looking for a replacement for Diego Costa, who had his contract terminated by mutual agreement last month. With Diego Simeone’s fight for honours on several fronts. The coach spoke of the need to secure the support of Luis Suarez in the attack. It would appear as if he has settled on the ex-Fulham and Celtic striker – who also had ties to West Ham – to fill Costa’s boots. After Lyon’s 2-2 draw at Rennes on Saturday, sporting director Juninho confirmed that negotiations were underway. “Moussa came to me, and he thinks that this is the moment to change teams, that he has lost a little motivation,” Lyon sporting director Juninho told reporters. “This was not what we foresaw, and I like him.”

The Spanish club need reinforcements

“Keeping someone who doesn’t want to maintain the intensity for the next five months is not ideal. We are in talks with Atlético, and I think that Moussa has found an agreement with Atlético. Atlético need reinforcements, as they are in a position of strength in LaLiga and would not want to squander it. Atleti are one point ahead of defending champions Real Madrid at the top of the table. But after the postponement of their game against Athletic Club on Saturday they have played three games less than their title rivals. Lyon will now be looking to replace Dembele as they are locked in a Ligue 1 title fight, leading Paris Saint-Germain and Lille by a point after 19 games.

Juninho said that out-of-favour Leicester City striker Islam Slimani could be brought in, after the club nearly signed the Algerian over the summer. “Slimani is a player we appreciate, but he is one of several possibilities,” he said. “For half a season, it’s not always easy to find a striker to play for half a year or a year and a half. It’s expensive. We are looking at other players. We spoke with Slimani at the start of the season, and we almost reached an agreement. He wants to come and put on our jersey.”