Last Updated: Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:49
Atletico Madrid have made Christian Benteke their top target to replace Radamel Falcao but the striker is not yet sold on the idea.
Atletico general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin was in London on Friday to begin his search for a new centre forward, initially attempting to prise Romelu Lukaku away from Chelsea and broker a permanent deal to sign their on-loan keeper Thibaut Courtois.
However, he was told that Lukaku was off limits in no uncertain terms and has now made another Belgian his main focus - enlisting Courtois, who was a former youth team pal of Benteke's at Racing Genk, to persuade him to move to Madrid.
Courtois believes Atletico would get themselves a "great signing" if they lure the 22-year-old to the Vicente Calderon.
"He's a very strong centre-forward, tall, but with very good technique and skilful with the ball at his feet," said Courtois, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Atletico from the Stamford Bridge club.
"I think that he could be a great signing for Atletico. During these days with the national team and I'm going to ask him about his future."
Courtois added of the former Genk forward in quotes reported by the Spanish press: "I know him well, we played together when we were young. Benteke is a player who has worked hard, he left Genk and had several loans spells that has helped him grow.
"He had a sensational 2011/12 season with Genk and that led to the attention from the Premier League."
Atletico snapped up young Rayo Vallecano striker Leo Baptistao on Monday as they seek to replace Falcao's goals, but the Brazilian is not a like-for-like replacement.
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