Chelsea Star Reveals Talks Over £21million Transfer

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The Brazilian-born Spain international has been a revelation since moving to Stamford Bridge for £32million from Atletico Madrid last summer, and is the Premier League’s joint top-scorer with 17.

But Costa has revealed that Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool met Atletico’s £21million release clause for his signature in the summer of 2013, but he decided to stay at the Spanish club another season before transferring to Chelsea.

Costa, 26, told the Mirror: “I was close to leaving Atletico.

‘Liverpool are a great team, but after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave?

‘I thought it was very important to keep growing with Atletico and to play there for many years.’

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