Struggling Chelsea star could be handed record-breaking summer escape route

Chelsea‘s Diego Costa is attracting attention from Chinese Super League clubs, with two big teams willing to pay an Asian record £72.1m to sign him this summer, according to reports from The Sunday Times.

The Spain international joined the Blues from Atletico Madrid in 2014, and despite firing the Londoners to the Premier League title in his debut campaign, he’s appeared a frustrated figure of late.

Currently waiting to return to domestic action after serving a ban, Costa has been aligned with a move away from Stamford Bridge – his former side, Atleti, seen as suitors – and now reports claim that he could become the latest big name player to head to China.

It’s understood that at least two top clubs from the financially powerful Super League are keen on the 27-year-old, and are willing to pay an Asian record £72.1m for his services.

They’ll also look to double his £4m-a-year after tax salary to lure him to the Far East.

Whether or not Costa will be swayed by the money on offer in China remains to be seen, but his former team-mate, Ramires, Brazilian attacker, Alex Texieira, and Colombia international, Jackson Martinez, are just three big names to have switched to the Super League over the winter just gone.