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£21m for striker
Liverpool have made a £21m offer for Atletico Madrid's Brazilian striker Diego Costa.
The offer is understood to have triggered the 24-year-old's release clause and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of completing the deal swiftly.
Costa who joined Atletico from Valladolid in 2010, scored 10 goals in the Primera Liga last season.
The striker made his international debut in March this year.
Liverpool have declined to comment on the bid, but sources at Anfield insist the move has no bearing on Luis Suarez's future, which has not changed since Arsenal made a £40,000,001 bid.
The Uruguayan has not submitted a formal transfer request nor has he contacted the Premier League to dispute Liverpool's interpretation of a clause in his contract that the player disputes.
Suarez claims he should be able to talk to Arsenal about a move after their bid, although the Reds disagree.
The move for Costa is something of a surprise, but Atletico head coach Diego Simeone has hinted the striker could be allowed to move on following the arrival of David Villa from Barcelona.
Earlier this week, Rodgers said he would only bring in new signings if they he believed they would improve the squad. "They have to be of the right quality, that's the bottom line," he said
"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."
Obvs from BBC Sport and not my journalism.