As per the French journalist Johnny Severin, Chelsea have slammed a world record asking price on the head of their 28-year-old star striker – Diego Costa.
The SRF reporter has claimed that Chelsea boss wants a fee of around £127 million for the former Atletico Madrid man, while the Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian still an interesting party. He further mentions that the far east investors are ready to cash the aforementioned capital and make Diego Costa one of the best-paid players in the industry.
Furthermore, it was reported back in January that Costa was a subject of a serious interest for the Chinese clubs, and his reported bust-up with the manager in training pitch further fueled the negotiation.
Even though Antonio Conte explained the reason of striker’s absence in training for a short tenure, it was understood by then that the 28-year-old might very well leave the Stamford Bridge premises.
The reporter, on his part, also claimed that Conte rejected an offer of around £90 million for the striker in winter, as he was reluctant to let him go half-way through the season, and quite rightly so, as Chelsea are in the midst of a title charge.
And now, the Stamford Bridge officials have told the interested parties that they are ready to do the business should the aforementioned amount is matched – which practically isn’t a summit for the Chinese clubs. Should the negotiation takes place, Costa will be earning a reported wage of around £85 million over three years.
“Revelations @SFR_Sport. The Chinese offer XXL that @ChelseaFC refused to retain @diegocosta… against his will,” Severin tweeted.
“Huge Chinese offer which attracted @diegocosta but declined by @ChelseaFC.
“Tianjin has been told by @ChelseaFC to come back in summer with a €150M (£127m) offer to sign @diegocosta The Chinese club intend to do so.
“@ChelseaFC declined €107m offer (£90m) from #Tianjin. @diegocosta was attracted by huge offer: €100M [wages] for 3 seasons.”
Costa has been a revelation since his £32 million move from Atletico Madrid, and in his very first season, the Spaniard guided his team to the Premier League triumph and this season as well, they are on the sane route.