There have been countless column inches devoted to Luis Suarez this summer, centring on what he claimed was a verbal agreement between him and Liverpool that he could leave the club this summer.
He claimed if the club failed to qualify for the Champions League he would be off, and is angry that is his opinion the club have reneged on such an agreement.
Such cases are hardly watertight, which means Liverpool have but an inkling of hope surrounding a transfer target linked with replacing the Uruguayan.
A 'verbal agreement' has been referenced in regard to Diego Costa, who it is claimed has given his word to Atletico Madrid regarding a new contract.
Spanish newspaper Marca claim:
"Atlético Madrid and Diego Costa have reached a verbal agreement to extend the player's current contract that comes to an end in 2015."
Which would appear as though the player will not be moving this summer, but there is still room for manouvre on the part of all parties.
"However, any extension may have to wait for the time being as any movements affecting the game in Spain now come under strict financial controls imposed by the Spanish football League (LFP). With this in mind the club from the capital must first make sure that all the accounts for the current campaign are balanced."
Atletico Madrid's financial situation must be approved prior to any new deals being ratified, and there is no deadline set on when this could be.
Marca claim that it was in fact Liverpool's interest which caused talks to be stepped up between Costa and Madrid, to now reach this resolution.
Liverpool will now know if they are serious about signing the Brazilian, they will have to make their offer and hope money talks. Who knows, could Costa be swayed by a bigger contract if one presents itself with Liverpool?
The likelihood is though this deal will not be happening, but there is still a small margin of opportunity remaining if the parties want it to happen.
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