A convincing 3-0 win over Leicester City couldn’t quite cover up the story that has dominated Stamford Bridge for the last few days – the seemingly undetermined future of Chelsea‘s star striker Diego Costa.
The Telegraph reported last week that the Premier League’s joint-top scorer wasn’t part of the Blues squad that had travelled to the King Power Stadium following a training ground bust-up with a fitness coach and subsequently, manager Antonio Conte.
Speculation over a shock move to China was reported as an underlying cause of growing tension, with Tianjin Quanjian apparently prepared to shell out a staggering £80million for the Spain international.
Especially amid a title bid, most would expect Chelsea to outright reject such an offer. But we are talking about a Chelsea side with a seven-point lead at the top of the table and a 28-year-old striker with well-known hamstring problems, who tends to be equally pivotal and detrimental to his side’s successes depending on what mood he’s in.
So amid reports claiming Costa has already rejected a £200k per-week contract offer from the west Londoners, with his current terms due to expire in 2019, would selling for £80m, the largest fee received throughout Chelsea’s history, actually be such a silly idea? We’re opening up the discussion to our readers…