Man United, Liverpool & Arsenal will have to pay £40m+ to land star

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal will have to pay more than £40million before any deal of Atletico’s free-scoring striker Diego Costa is at all feasible, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The pundit, speaking to talkSPORT, told how Costa’s release clause, coupled with the VAT, means that any deal which sees the Brazilian departing the Vincente Calderon would have to in excess of £40million.

Hunter said: “He's on everyone's wanted list. He’s playing better than Falcao. Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool all want this guy and are prepared to pay a relatively small buy-out clause of around £40m. The problems come when you add the VAT on top of that, which is at least another 20%, so that deal will not happen for under £40m."

A host of Premier League giants have been linked with moves for the 25-year-old, who has netted 19 times in La Liga so far this campaign.

Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with the strongest interest in the forward, given the fact that both Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are desperate to increase the firepower in their respective frontlines.

Liverpool and United have also been rumoured to be keeping an eye on the situation, but may struggle to entice him to the Premier League for differing reasons.

Costa has played a pivotal role thus far in Atletico’s incredible first-half of the season, and it’s unlikely the Spanish outfit will be willing to let him leave unless they have no other choice.

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