English Premier League side Liverpool are understood to have made a bid of €25m for Diego Costa, our South American superstar, according to reports.
Costa, who scored the equaliser against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final in May, stole the spotlight from Falcao on more than one occasion last season.
His antics, as well as his goal scoring ability, endeared him to rojiblanco fans after a number of seasons out on loan.
Liverpool are said to be looking for a striker in case they fail in their attempts to keep Luis Suarez at Anfield. The Uruguayan confessed his desire to leave the Merseyside club at the beginning of the summer, and Liverpool have so far resisted an offer of €45m from rivals Arsenal.
Costa had a fantastic season in 2012/13, his best for Atlético, scoring 10 goals in 31 league appearances. He also finished as top scorer in the Copa del Rey, netting one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.
Reports are suggesting that the bid has activated Costa’s release clause, and that nothing should stop Liverpool discussing personal terms with the 24-year old.
UPDATE: Reports in the Spanish press claim Atlético have denied receiving any bids from Liverpool or any other club, and insist that Diego Costa will be staying with Atleti for the forthcoming season.
Costa wouldn’t be the first player to leave the Calderon for Liverpool in recent years, but would you want to see Costa go?