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Al Rayyan in talks for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has emerged as a shock transfer target for Qatar side Al Rayyan.

The Spanish bad-boy looked set to leave Diego Simeone's side for the second time in August after the arrivals of Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata.

The 30-year-old's relationship with club bosses also deteriorated after he was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga authorities for verbally abusing a referee last term.

But now Costa has been the chance to reinvigorate his career in the Middle East with Al Rayyan holding negotiations with Atletico, says AS.

The Qatar-based outfit view the Brazilian-born striker as a viable alternative to Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic after they failed to land the Croatian this summer.

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