Chelsea fans must have mixed feelings about Diego Costa’s expected departure this summer.
The striker had a furious row with Antonio Conte in January after his head was turned by interest from the Chinese Super League, and it’s probably no coincidence that he’s been suffering from something of a goal drought since the turn of the year.
The Chinese club in question – Tianjin Quanjian – are still understood to be interested in a deal, but they have moved to clarify that nothing has been agreed just yet.
Tianjin have released a statement, as reported by Goal, insisting:
“With regard to the widespread rumours that Chelsea’s Diego Costa is expected to join Tianjin Quanjian, our club want to clarify that so far, we have not been communicating with Diego Costa regarding the transfer.”
It sounds like an attempt to dodge any accusations of wrongdoing as Costa is still a Chelsea player and should be trying to focus on their last four games of the Premier League season.
Should Spurs beat West Ham tonight, the Lilywhites will be just a point behind the Blues ahead of Middlesbrough’s visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.