Friday 18 August 2017

Diego Costa 'agrees terms' ahead of a €90m move to China next month

Chelsea's Diego Costa
Chelsea's Diego Costa
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea appear to be close to agreeing a €90m deal to sell striker Diego Costa to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, amid reports that personal terms have now been agreed with the player to complete the move.

China’s transfer window opens for business on June 19, with Costa set to be one of the big-name arrivals after fresh claims from Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui that he has agreed personal terms on deals to sign three players next month.

One of those is believed to be Chelsea striker Costa, amid suggestions that the Spain striker could earn a massive £650,000-per-week after tax in a deal that would make him the highest paid player in world football.

The deal to bring Costa to China has been under discussion for several months, with the striker eager to leave Chelsea in January after his agent Jorge Mendes brokered the lucrative move.

Independent.ie understands that Blues boss Antonio Conte played a pivotal role in keeping Costa at Chelsea until the end of this season, but given the figures involved in the deal  a move would appear to suit all parties, with Chelsea pulling off a remarkable deal if they secure a €90m fee for a 28-year-old striker who has shown that his loyalty to the club is tenuous at best.

Meanwhile, the player and his agent Mendes will reap the rewards of a deal that is believed to have been finalised during a meeting at a London restaurant with Tianjin Quanjian representatives last month.

Chelsea’s bid to bring their former striker Romelu Lukaku back to the club from Everton is certain to be stepped up if the Costa deal is confirmed, with Conte also facing the prospect of losing his other star man Eden Hazard this summer as Real Madrid continue to be linked with the Belgian playmaker.

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