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Moussa Dembele officially joins Atletico Madrid as Diego Costa replacement

Atletico Madrid has announced the signing of French international, Moussa Dembele from Lyon on loan in an apparent move to replace the released Diego Costa.

Moussa Dembele will wear the number 19 shirt previously worn by Diego Costa dropped. He will be with the Madrid club until the end of the 2020/2021 season.

While the deal is a loan worth 1.5 million euro, Spanish football newspaper Marca reported that Atletico can buy him for 33.5 million euros at the end of the season. Additionally, it could be up by 5 million euros if Dembele meets some contractual targets. Lyon will also be guaranteed a 10% sell-on fee if Atletico does sign the striker permanently.

Dembele has proven decisive for Lyon in several games scoring 45 goals in 108 appearances for the French club.

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He made his name at Celtic after leaving Premier League side Fulham. When he played for Celtic, Moussa Dembele scored 51 goals in 94 games. He won the Scottish Premiership, Scottish League Cup, and Scottish Cup in 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. He won several individual awards as well.

Moussa Dembele passed his medicals on Wednesday and Atletico Madrid unveiled him on Thursday with his number 19 jersey.

It appears the striker he will assist Suarez and Llorente in the central 9 position. Atletico Madrid is on course to snatch a La Liga title out of Barcelona and Real Madrid‘s hands and require as much firepower as they can muster to remain at the top of the table.

They currently lead with four points above others and two games in hand as well.

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