Atlético Madrid will in this winter transfer window prioritize a new striker, after the club and Diego Costa mutually terminated the Spaniard's contract. And this striker may very well be found in league rivals Real Sociedad.
According to Diario AS, it should be the 29-year-old Brazilian Willian Jose who is in the sights of Diego Simeone and "Los Colchoneros".
The Brazilian striker has been in Spanish football since 2014, when he joined Real Madrid's second team, Castilla, on a loan deal from Maldonado in Uruguay. Since then, he was loaned out to Zaragoza and Las Palmas, before getting a firm contract with Real Sociedad in 2016. Here, there have been 60 goals in 168 matches.
When Martin Braithwaite switched to FC Barcelona, Willian Jose was actually the Catalans' first choice, but as the Basques did not want to let go of the striker for less than his release clause, Barça chose to go for the somewhat cheaper Danish.
Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli has also been rumored to Atleti, but according to the Spanish media, Willian Jose is the most realistic option both financially and sportingly.