Liverpool were alleged to have made a £23 million bid to Atletico for Diego Costa but the La Liga side rejected the offer, instead wanting to keep hold of him but his great form at the start of the season has alerted more clubs to his talent.
The Brazilian born striker has notched 12 league goals so far this season, leading the scoring shorts above heavyweights Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo. His form for Atletico has caused quite a stir on the international stage with Brazil & Spain battling for his services.
He was born in Brazil which makes him qualify for the South American side but he has been living in Spain for over five years and owns a Spanish passport as he is regarded as a Spanish civilian. He is uncapped by Brazil and so has the option to play for Spain.
He recent rejection of a Brazil call-up suggests he is set to play for Spain with Vicente Del Bosque expected to call him up at the next international break. Costa is widely expected to lead the La Roja attack as they look to defend their World Cup crown. Fernando Torres has fallen out of favour while Roberto Soldado has struggled for from with Tottenham Hotspur. David Villa is getting old and Fernando Llorente is also struggling for game time at Juventus which leaves Costa as the most reliable option.
Arsenal have been closely monitoring Costa too and his form this season has given Wenger a headache ahead of the January transfer window. The Gunners are expected to sign a striker but are undecided of how to sign with Karim Benzema, Stephan El Shaarawy & Luis Suarez all current targets with Costa now added to the list.
The Gunners would have to bid at least £30 million for the Brazilian turned Spaniard and although Wenger splashed out £42.7 million on Mesut Özil, it’s uncertain if he would be willing to part with such a sum on a relatively untested player.