Diego Costa could be joined in China by current teammate

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Back in January, Chelsea's pantomime villain striker, Diego Costa, was heavily linked with a move to China which caused a bit of a ruckus between the Spaniard and Blues manager, Antonio Conte.

Eventually, Costa opted to remain in England, with his ambition to move to the Chinese Super League put on hold - for the time being anyway.

Now, as we approach the climax of the campaign, the former Atletico Madrid striker is again being linked with a mega-money move to Tianjin Quanjian, who were only promoted to China's top-flight for this season.


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Apparently, a £25m-a-year pre-contract has been agreed, which would see Costa become the highest-paid player in the world but it seems he may not be the only Chelsea player on the club's radar.

The Far East outfit are also said to be keen on Blues captain, John Terry, who is finally bringing his long stint with the west London club to an end this season after a glittering career.

The defender is said to be in search of first-team football - something which is clearly not available at Chelsea - with West Brom and Bournemouth reportedly interested as well.

However, Tianjin are reportedly the front-runners for the coveted signature, according to The Sun, with the club said to be close to acquiring two of three big European names in the summer.

If he were to make the brave move, Terry would join up with Italian Word Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, who is the manager of the club.

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Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato are the two other big star names already at the club, with Costa all but certain to make the move in the summer.

Could the Spaniard be a bargaining chip in the pursuit of Terry? Who knows, depends on how close the two are at the club.

This summer promises to be a transfer window heavily influenced by Chinese money with several of Europe's big names linked with clubs in the Far East.


So far, the likes of Oscar, Carlos Tevez and Hulk have all taken the gamble.

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