Spanish sports daily MARCA has today offered up more information about Liverpool’s proposed bid for Diego Costa, as the forward considers his future in Madrid.
According to the newspaper, it’s the one and only Jorge Mendes who has been offering our Brazilian superstar around the English Premier League at a ‘bargain price’ of only 25 million euros.
Liverpool are the only club so far to bite, and are reportedly prepared to offer €4m a year to entice the beast away from the Manzanares, more than tripling his current salary.
The €25m transfer offer is a shadow of the amounts paid for top strikers around Europe this summer. Falcao left sunny Madrid for €60m. Higuain joined Falcao at the Madrid-Barajas airport as he headed to Napoli for €40m. Edison Cavani moved to Paris Saint Germain in the biggest deal of them all for a massive €64m.
Costa has only 2 years left to run on a contract that expires in 2015; one that ranks him as one of the lowest paid players at Atlético. The player is settled in Madrid, but this wouldn’t be the first time Jorge Mendes has managed to convince a player to turn his back on Champions League football.
With Arsenal keeping a close eye on the situation in case their swoop for Luis Suarez comes up short, Atleti may face a battle to keep hold of one of their best players from last season. If they win the battle, they may still end up having to hand the Brazilian a bumper new contract.
What are your thoughts? Should we sell Costa now for a tidy profit of €25m, or keep him at Atlético and hand him a new and improved contract?