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Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the target of world-record move from China

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Back in January, Diego Costa and boss Antonio Conte had a big bust-up at Chelsea's training ground that looked like it might wreck the Blues march towards the Premier League title.

Tempers flared when Conte intervened in the training-ground clash and it is understood the Italian yelled at his star striker: "Go off to China, then."

Rumours that Costa had been offered a staggering £30million-a-year move to China continued to do the rounds and it looked as if the 28-year-old was all for the move.

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However, with Chelsea in a fine position to reclaim the biggest prize in England, the Blues held firm and Costa was made to stay.

Rumours have persisted for a while that the Brazilian-born Spanish international has wanted a return to former club Atletico Madrid, or, a lucrative move to China.

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Former teammates Oscar and Ramires have already made the move and are enjoying the fruits - and by fruits we mean money - of China.

Costa is in the prime of his life and has scored 17 Premier League goals this season. A move to a league in progress like China doesn't make sense right now, but according to a report from Sky Sports, it looks like it will happen.

Tianjin - who are managed by Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro - are believed to be ready to make Costa the best-paid player in the world above Carlos Tevez by offering him a contract worth £650,000-a-week - wait for it - after tax!

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Costa is on a comparatively measly £150,000-a-week at Chelsea and that contract runs out in the summer of 2019.

Chelsea are currently four points clear at the top of the Premier League and face Tottenham, who are second in the table, this Saturday in the semi-final of the FA Cup.

With just six games remaining, Costa is in a great spot to pick up his second Premier League title in three years, but every indication suggests that this could be his last. He has 17 goals this season, but only three since the turn of the year.

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Tianjin splashed £15 million on Alexandre Pato - formerly of Chelsea - from Villarreal in January and are keen to make more strides in their next transfer window.

The Chinese Super League runs from March to November and the transfer window from June 19 to July 14 is their equivalent to the Premier League's January transfer window.

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