Liverpool make Diego Costa bid

Liverpool have made a bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa but a deal remains some way off.

Last Updated: 02/08/13 at 10:03 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer News: Didier Drogba has re-joined Chelsea on a one-year contract.

Post comment

Chelsea have announced the re-signing of legendary striker Didier Drogba on a one-year contract.

Transfer news: Didier Drogba will re-join Chelsea in the next few hours

Post comment

Didier Drogba will re-join Chelsea in the next few hours, Sky Sports News understands.

All Articles

Diego Costa: Liverpool transfer target

Diego Costa: Liverpool transfer target

Liverpool have made a bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa but a deal to sign the Brazil international remains some way off.

Press Association Sport understands an offer in excess of £21million has been made, which should be enough to trigger the release clause in the 24-year-old's contract.

Costa scored 20 goals in 44 matches for the Spanish club last season but the summer arrivals of strikers David Villa and Leo Baptistao have increased competition for places up front.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted he still has money to spend and was focusing on bringing in the best they could.

"They have to be of the right quality, that's the bottom line," he told LFC TV.

"We've got money to spend on getting that quality in, but if it's not available I won't waste it for the sake of bringing a player in.

"We're really working hard to bring in the type of profile that can really help us push on."

Liverpool see Costa as an important addition to their forward line and not a replacement for Luis Suarez, for whom Arsenal have had two bids rejected already.

Managing director Ian Ayre has stressed the club's position on the Uruguay international has not changed and he is still not for sale, despite the Gunners' believing their last bid of £40million plus £1 would be enough to trigger a selling clause in his contract.

The Reds dispute this, and the fact it has not yet been challenged by either the player or the Londoners suggests Liverpool still hold the upper hand.

"It's not something we're interested in and, as our fans would expect, we rejected both," Ayre told Sky Sports News

"Despite what people think we've not had an intention of selling Luis, we've never said we want to sell Luis.

"The player is not available for sale - that's where we are and that's where we'll stay

"I wish I had £1 for everyone that's stopped me in the street saying 'make sure Luis stays'. That's what we're doing.

"I'll expect him to be here at the start of the season."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

World Cup: Argentina fined by FIFA for displaying controversial banner

FIFA have handed the Argentine FA a fine of just under £20,000 after their players displayed a controversial banner.

Luis Suarez's biting ban to be fast-tracked by Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Court of Arbitration for Sport may rule on Luis Suarez's appeal over his biting ban before the start of the season.

Transfer News: Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina keen to end career in Spain

Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina expects to stay at Anfield but hopes to end his playing career back in his native Spain.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property