Liverpool have placed a €25 million bid for Atletico Madrid's Brazilian striker Diego Costa, according to multiple sources, prompting further speculation about Luis Suarez's future with the Anfield club.
Andy Hunter of The Guardian reports:
Liverpool's offer is understood to meet the release clause in Costa's contract and the club hope the 24-year-old, and Atlético, will agree to a deal swiftly.
That appears unlikely, however, with Atlético denying they had received the offer on Thursday and telling the Spanish newspaper AS that the striker was not for sale.
This summer Liverpool have already signed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, defender Kolo Toure and forwards Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto. Reds manager Brendan Rodgers hinted at the possibility of further signings this week, telling LFC TV (h/t Sky Sports): "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."
Costa, who has been capped twice by Brazil, scored 10 goals in 31 La Liga appearances last season, adding seven assists, per WhoScored. He is also known for his fiery personality, leading B/R's Allian Jiang to dub him La Liga's "most hated player."
Suarez, 26, has generated his share of controversy. The Uruguayan striker is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League match last season. He has also served an eight-match suspension for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Arsenal lodged a bid of £40,000,001 last month according to The Guardian, but Liverpool rejected it, as per BBC Sport. According to Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph, Liverpool want £50 million for the Uruguayan.
Suarez, a finalist for the PFA Player of the Year award according to Mirror Football, scored 23 league goals in 33 appearances last season before drawing the 10-match ban. The reported bid for Costa has generated a new round of speculation about Suarez's future.
BBC say Diego Costa not a replacement for Luis Suarez. Like Giroud wasn't a replacement for Van Persie. https://t.co/zx4T4R5AsJ— Samuel (@samuelj29060) August 1, 2013
Liverpool want Diego Costa? Well, I guess that's one way to replace the controversy Suarez brings. Remember he punched someone a while back.— Tom (@FourFourTom) August 1, 2013
Liverpool lodge $32 milion bid for Diego Costa - Has Brendan Rodgers found a replacement for Luis Suarez? http://t.co/9tkPmFXzeA— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 1, 2013
According to the Liverpool Echo, however, Costa is not viewed as a replacement for Suarez.
Either way, the Suarez saga just took another turn, and the speculation will only increase until a deal is done or the transfer window closes.