Liverpool have made a bid of £21.8million for Athletico Madrid striker Diego Costa which is believed to be enough to trigger the release clause of the striker who netted 20 goals in 44 games last season.
Atletico manager Diego Simeone has indicated that he will not stand in the way of the striker leaving this season as doubts began about his starting place following the signing of David Villa from Barcelona and Leo Baptistao from Ray Vallecano.
The move for a new striker has moved Liverpool director Ian Ayre to reiterate that Luis Suraez is not for sale, telling Sky Sports, “We’ve got Luis Suarez in our squad, he’ll have trained today and he’s working hard.
“Despite what people think we’ve not had an intention of selling Luis, we’ve never said we want to sell Luis.
“He continues to work hard and train hard for Liverpool. That will continue and I’ll expect him to be here at the start of the season.”
The bid for Costa is in line with manager Brendan Rodgers statement that the clubs transfer policy will be about enhancing the squad by bringing in players who can help them break back into the top 4 of the Premier League.
“They have to be of the right quality, that’s the bottom line,” said Rodgers when asked about his transfer targets for the rest of the summer.
“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. We just need to see if that’s available and affordable.”
Liverpool have resisted Arsenal’s moves for Suarez, so far rejecting the Gunners £40,000,001 bid for the Uruguayan and have not received a follow up offer since but the striker’s future is still the subject of much scrutiny with his body language and interaction with team mates during preseason being closely analysed.
Suarez’s agent Pere Guardiola is wary of damaging relations with Liverpool but wants to grant his client the wish of moving on from Anfield this summer, ideally out of the Premier League but if not possible to a Champions League club.
Liverpool’s position remains that the striker will not be allowed to leave this summer and owes them loyalty after the club stood by him through his controversies and lengthy suspensions since signing from Ajax in 2011.