Liverpool Have Made No Offer for Diego Costa, Claim Atletico Madrid

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Capital club insist Brazil attacker will still be at the Calderon next season. 

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Liga outfit Atletico de Madrid have denied that they have received any bid whatsoever from Liverpool for coveted front man Diego Costa,  according to reports in Spanish sports daily AS.

Stories circulating in the British press late on Thursday night suggested that the Merseyside giants had submitted an offer of 25 million euros (£21.8m) for the highly rated Atletico striker, which is the value of the Brazil international’s release clause in his current contract at the Vincente Calderon.

However, that speculation has since been strongly denied by the Liga club, who have also ruled out the possibility of allowing the 24-year-old to leave the Spanish capital this summer.

Costa has been at Atletico for the past three seasons now, having originally been signed from fellow Spanish outfit Real Valladolid for an undisclosed sum in June 2010.

But it was only really last season that the forward began to show any true form in front of goal for Atleti, having been loaned out to Rayo Vallecano for the second half of the 2011-12 campaign, where Costa netted nine goals in his 16 appearances for the club.

In the 2012/13 season, though, the Brazilian scored 20 goals in just 44 matches back at Atletico, including ten strikes in his 31 league outings for the club, form that had reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

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