News and gossip from the past 24 hours at Anfield.
Liverpool have made a £21.8 million bid for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa. The 24-year-old Brazilian is not being lined up as a replacement for Luis Suarez - but rather a worthy addition to the first team. Liverpool have activated a release clause in his contract and Los Colchoneros will now be obliged to allow him talks with the Merseyside outfit.
Luis Suarez is of course in the news again today - as Arsene Wenger claims he is seeking an ‘amicable’ solution to his interest in the player.
Others have had their say on the matter. Steve Gerrard claims the clubs season hinges on their talismanic striker staying while former Arsenal legend Ian Wright has suggested he should STAY at Anfield.
Marseille forward Andre Ayew wants to hold transfer talks with Liverpool. The Ghanaian international has recently had a tumultuous relationship with the Marseille hierarchy. Now he want to exit the Stade Velodrome - with Liverpool his dream destination:
"I speak English, and the English league is the one most followed here in Ghana. It's true that I have a real preference for England. I have a little preference for the Reds. I’ve always followed them ever since I was little, Liverpool, and Real Madrid."
Daniel Agger is again being linked with a move to Barcelona. New manager Gerardo Martino has identified a centre back as his main transfer target and the Dane reportedly tops that list.
Cristian Tello has signed a new deal at Barcelona. The Spanish international has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool - with his release clause of just £8.5 million a tantalising bait.
However that has now been bumped up to £22 million - all but ending the Reds’ interest in the player.
"We've got money to spend on getting quality in. If that quality is not available, I'm not going to waste it for the sake of bringing any player in. Whoever we go for, they have to be of the right quality - that's the bottom line. 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."
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