Liverpool are throwing the bank at Atletico Madrid to land Diego Costa.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers sees the Brazilian as a replacement for want-away star Luis Suarez.

The Daily Star Sunday says the Merseysiders are poised to complete the signing of Atletico Madrid hotshot Costa after agreeing to his £21.7million release clause.

Costa is the first big piece in what could be a massive rebuilding project - and Liverpool have offered to treble the wages he is on in Spain.