Wound licking is not a pastime favoured by the Atletico Madrid recruitment team, who have reacted to losing Diego Costa to Chelsea by making an absolute humdinger of an acquisition.
Costa is off to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth a reported £32m, but Los Colchoneros have already moved to replace him by snapping up FC Bayern Munchen’s Mario Mandzukic for £17.5m.
It’s not just in terms of expenditure in which the Spanish club have got the better of the King’s Road counterparts either.
The outgoing Atleti forward did outgun his Croatian replacement by 27 league goals to 18 last term, but looking at the pair’s respective per-90 minutes contributions, a much clearer picture is painted.
Doing so shows that Costa’s average of 0.82 strikes per game is only very marginally better than Mandzukic’s average of 0.8.
Despite playing 942 minutes less than the Chelsea-bound man, the Croat out-assisted him by four set-ups to three too.
In an era where classy centre-forwards who fit the aerially-dominant hold-the-ball-up archetype
are rarer than steak tartare, Mandzukic’s back to goal credentials are also more convincing than the Spazilian’s.
When it comes to aerial duels the former FC Bayern and Wolfsburg striker won 48.36 per cent of the tussles in which he was involved – Costa was victorious in a relatively skinny 21.3 per cent.
It was a superiority reflected in Mandzukic’s seven headed league goals in 2013/14, compared to just two for the signing Chelsea seem oddly reticent to announce.
The Vicente Calderon new boy is 17/20 to hit the net more than 13.5 times during his first La Liga campaign, just as he has in four of the last six seasons.
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