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Arsenal continue to be linked with a bid for Diego Costa, but Arsene Wenger has moved to quell the speculation by suggesting it would cost £145 million to prise him away from Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners are in need of attacking reinforcements, having failed to bring in top-class new blood in the summer, which has resulted in Olivier Giroud having to shoulder the burden.
Giroud has performed manfully to keep the Gunners in the title race, but he has picked up an injury, as has his understudy Nicklas Bendtner.
The links with Costa have been strong, such as this piece from the Star's David Woods, and Wenger was asked about the subject by the Mirror’s John Cross in his press conference on Friday.
In response, Wenger said:
What, £145m?! Honestly, you want to keep your chances in the season at the best possible level.
Is it for short term or a stop-gap? Ideally, you want a longer solution. But a longer solution looks much more difficult to find in January than a short gap.
You can find a solution somewhere—a club that has financial trouble and wants to get rid of a big contract for five or six months.
But to find in January exactly the player who will be tomorrow’s star on the longer term is much more difficult.