Chelsea could be offered €90 million for Diego Costa in the summer

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Chelsea are set to be offered an incredible €90 million for the services of striker Diego Costa in the summer, according to the Sunday Times.

The paper adds that the Spanish international can expect to earn £8 million after tax should he decide to push ahead with a move to Asia.

Costa has found form in the second half of the season and has 11 league goals to his name, but trouble is never far away from the 27-year-old.

Indeed, the former Atletico Madrid ace is currently serving a ban after admitting a charge of improper conduct for a clash with Gareth Barry during Chelsea's FA Cup tie against Everton. He's also been fined £20,000.

The ban was initially two games but was extended by a further match, which means Costa will also sit out Chelsea's upcoming fixture against Swansea.

The Sunday Times claim that the striker will be offered a way out of Chelsea in the summer, and two clubs from China's top tier have told his representatives to expect massive offers in excess of £72 million.

However Costa may not be keen to follow the likes of Ramires and Jackson Martinez to Chinese football's top division, because a move back to Atletico remains a possibility.

The Sunday Times say that Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who has been linked with taking over Chelsea as manager in the summer, is pushing to bring the Brazilian-born ace back to the Vicente Calderon.

The Spanish club are reportedly willing to match Costa's £4 million Chelsea contract, but don't want to pay more than €45 million for his services. The striker himself is believed to eyeing up the exit at Stamford Bridge, although a move back to Spain will likely be more appearing than a switch to China.

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