One club won’t give up on Diego Costa despite likelihood of China move


Diego Costa has given glimpses of his best and his infuriating worst in almost equal measures this season.

The Chelsea striker contributed 20 league goals to help the Blues to the title, a significant improvement on last term’s return of just 12.

Yet, the final day win over Sunderland also saw him exhibit some of the playacting that his critics will never be able to overlook.

Given that the Spain international will be 29 later this year, Chelsea are understandably going to give any offers from Tianjin Quanjian some serious thought.

The Telegraph report that the Chinese Super League outfit expect to bring him to the Far East this summer, following up on their interest in the forward in the New Year.


It is far from certain that Costa will leave Europe, however, as Atletico Madrid continue to monitor the situation.

Diego Simeone, who will remain Atleti boss next season as they move away from the Vicente Calderon, is ready to pounce should the player make it clear he wants to rejoin the Rojiblancos.

Costa’s representatives are set for a busy summer as he will have no shortage of clubs interested. His affiliation with Atleti would place the La Liga side among the favourites if they have their transfer ban lifted as expected, but only if they can compete with Tianjin financially.

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