Diego Costa’s £30m-a-year China move is a ‘done deal’

Date published: Friday 3rd February 2017 11:02

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is heading for China at the end of the season and will become one of the highest paid players in the world.

Costa is believed to have reached a £30million-a-year pre-agreement to move to Tianjin Quanjian in the summer, according to radio station Cadena Ser.

Spanish journalist Manu Carreno revealed on his radio show ‘The Rail’ that the Spain striker’s move to the Far East is “total” and “absolute”.

Costa, 28, who joined Chelsea from Ateltico Madrid in a £32million deal in 2014 – wanted to move in January but Antonio Conte refused to sanction the deal with the Premier League title up for grabs.

Tianjin Quanjian offered over £70million for Costa last month, but they have not been put off and have reportedly arranged a pre-contract with the forward for the summer.

The Chinese Super League club had spoken to Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes about sealing a £570,000-a-week deal for the controversial forward.

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That offer will rival that of former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez, who joined Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in December.

Shanghai are reported to have agreed a deal worth £70million for the forward, including a salary of £615,000 a week – making him the highest paid player in the world.

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