Tianjin Quanjian still interested in signing Diego Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa

While Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui admits his side are still interested in signing the Spain global, but have their sights set on other high-profile targets.

Talks between Costa and his advisers ensured he remained in place at Chelsea until the end of the season, but it appears that the 28-year-old could now be close to agreeing a move to China's Super League.

Tianjin Quanjian are "still working" on the signing of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, according to the Chinese Super League club's owner.

The 28-year-old's contract at Stamford Bridge runs out in the summer of 2019 but he has had had a hard second half of the season and rumours have re-surfaced over his unhappiness with life in London.

NAIJ.com understands that Tianjin Quanjia have come back with an offer to make Costa the highest paid player in the world on £34 million a year after tax.

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Tianjin, under coach Italian Fabio Cannavaro and with the likes of Brazilian Alexandre Pato and Belgian Axel Witsel in their ranks, have made modest start to the new season with two wins and two draws from their first five games leaving them seventh ahead of Friday's meeting with Beijing Guoan.

"We have high standards [when it comes to buying foreign players] and those players prefer top clubs such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid".

"We are in competition with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for transfers, so let's wait until June and then we will see".

"I can tell you the players we want are also the targets of these clubs, so we have to pay bigger price to beat them".

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