Tianjin Quanjian working on Diego Costa deal

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

Tempers flared when Conte intervened in the training-ground clash and it is understood the Italian yelled at his star striker: "Go off to China, then".

Costa's form has noticeably dipped in 2017 since he was linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, adding to the speculation that the Brazil-born forward is unsettled.

However, with Chelsea in a fine position to reclaim the biggest prize in England, the Blues held firm and Costa was made to stay.

"We have already sought contact with different players".

Costa is on a comparatively measly £150,000-a-week at Chelsea and that contract runs out in the summer of 2019.

Any deal is likely to be extremely lucrative, with some reports suggesting that Tianjin could make Costa the world's highest-paid player with a £650,000-a-week contract.

With six games remaining, Chelsea lead the Premier League standings by four points ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Whether that's with or without Costa remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain.

Chelsea's hopes of re-signing Lukaku could also be helped by the goal-scoring habit of Tammy Abraham, who's spent this season on loan at Bristol City and is now just a handful of goals shy of his own stated aim of 30 for the season.

The Chinese Super League season began in March and ends in November, with a mid-season transfer window open from June 19 to July 14, during which time a massive offer is expected to come in for Costa. They are managed by Italian World Cup victor Fabio Cannavaro and signed Alexandre Pato for £15 million from Villarreal in January.

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