Diego Costa’s summer move to Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian is edging closer, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Standard report that Tianjin are interested in signing Costa in the summer transfer window, and are prepared to part with as much as £76million to secure his signature.
The Spaniard could well be keen on making the move, too. The Standard cite Spanish reports in noting that Costa has already put pen-to-paper on a pre-agreement with the Chinese side.
Those reports may well be substantiated. The Standard quote Tianjin chairman Shu Yuhui, who reveals that his side have already agreed terms with several players ahead of potential summer moves:
“The only thing I can reveal right now is that we have agreed terms with two or three stars. The players have no problem with the deals and their clubs are also willing to let them leave.”
Costa has found the back of the net 20 times in 37 appearances for Chelsea this campaign. His goal contribution will undoubtedly be difficult to replace, but if the Standard are accurate in reporting that Tianjin will offer £76million in exchange for the 28-year-old – it may well be shrewd business to cash-in.