Diego Costa could be sold

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 21, 2017

Further, with the Evening Standard noting that Chelsea are losing patience with Costa as he demands a significant increase on his current £150,000-a-week salary, it all points towards an exit this summer with the report going to add that Everton's interest in Tammy Abraham could help the Blues in their bid to re-sign Romelu Lukaku.

Tianjin are reportedly ready to make Costa the best-paid player in the world, with a contract worth £650,000 a week after tax.

And the fact that Costa, 28, has failed to score for the Blues in his last six matches has got chiefs anxious he has lost his focus.

However, Tianjin have not lost their interest, and billionaire owner Shu Yuhui insists a deal is still in the pipeline to bring the Spanish worldwide to the club.

Former teammates Oscar and Ramires have already made the move and are enjoying the fruits - and by fruits we mean money - of China.

Costa has two years left on his contract with Chelsea, and is reported to be asking for a significant pay rise as other sides circle for him ahead of the summer.

The 28-year-old has suffered a dip in 2017, scoring only three goals, but still have 17 Premier League goals this season. Their asking price for Big Rom may be outrageous as well (like £100m outrageous), but if we can finance most of that with Costa's fee, it suddenly looks a lot less outrageous.

The Chinese Super League runs from March to November and the transfer window from June 19 to July 14 is their equivalent to the Premier League's January transfer window. "It's safe to say that we have the same transfer targets as those illustrious clubs".

Tianjin splashed £15 million on Alexandre Pato - formerly of Chelsea - from Villarreal in January and are keen to make more strides in their next transfer window.

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