Atletico Madrid sign Kevin Gameiro to end pursuit of Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid will sign French forward Kevin Gameiro from fellow Primera Liga side Sevilla, seemingly ending their pursuit of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Kevin Gameiro will leave Sevilla for fellow La Liga club Atletico Madrid on a four year deal. Jorge Guerrero / AFP
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Atletico Madrid will sign French forward Kevin Gameiro from fellow Primera Liga side Sevilla, seemingly ending their pursuit of Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Gameiro, 29, will sign a four-year deal, and he will join up with compatriot Antoine Griezmann in attack. The former Paris Saint-Germain player will arrive in Madrid on Saturday afternoon to undergo a medical.

Gameiro joined Sevilla from PSG in 2013 and was part of the side that won three consecutive Europa League titles.

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Gameiro enjoyed the most prolific season of his career last term, scoring 29 goals in all competitions, including 10 in Europe, but missed out on selection for Didier Deschamps’s France Euro 2016 squad.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone had been looking to strengthen his forward line, as Griezmann and Fernando Torres have been sharing the bulk of the striking duties.

A move for former striker Costa had been touted for much of the off-season, despite Chelsea’s insistence he would not be leaving the Premier League club.

Simeone has also added former Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan and Croatian defender Sime Vrsaljko to his squad this summer.

Atletico also announced Saturday that striker Luciano Vietto, who only joined the club last year, would leave and go to Sevilla “for the next season.”

Atletico will be hoping to push on in the coming season, after narrowly missing out on both the Champions League and La Liga titles last campaign.

They finished third behind Real Madrid and champions Barcelona in the league, and lost the Uefa Champions League final to city rivals Real on penalties.

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