Diego Costa’s future was set to dominate the headlines this summer even once last month’s furore had settled down.
Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjin are still understood to be interested in the striker, who fell out with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte over those rumours in January.
Costa was dropped for the Blues’ 3-0 win at Leicester before returning to score against Hull. Yet, more recently, he’s gone three games without a goal and was poor again in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Sunday.
As they say, though, form is temporary, and class is permanent. In that vein, Roman Abramovich is still desperate to keep the controversial star at Stamford Bridge.
The Sun report that Costa will sign the contract which has been put on the table, and that will see him pick up £220,000 a week, plus bonuses.
Of course, it pales in significance to the kind of money he could have earned in China, but this way he can still enjoy the prestige of the Premier League.
And the deal will make him one of the five best-paid players in the English football, landing £57million over five years.