Diego Costa’s potential move to Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning could be quashed due to restrictions on buying overseas players, according to the Daily Star.
What’s the latest?
Like so many high-profile players, Costa has reportedly attracted interest from the big spenders in the Far East.
Sky Sports claimed at the weekend that the striker has had his head turned by an alleged offer of £30m per year to play in the Chinese league.
Costa was dropped from the Chelsea squad for Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City following a reported training-ground bust-up with manager Antonio Conte over fitness.
Doubts have now risen over the striker’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge, but the Daily Star claim that suitors Jiangsu Suning have already filled their quota of overseas players.
It is believed that rules prevent clubs in China’s top flight from fielding more than three players from foreign shores in a game.
At the moment, the club have Ramires, Alex Teixera, Sammir and Roger Martinez in their squad, so bringing Costa into the mix would limit one of those players’ game time.
Should Chelsea stick or twist?
Some Blues fans are probably angry that Costa may be considering a move to China, and as a result feel that he should leave if not committed.
However, unfortunately in the modern world of football, there is a lack of loyalty, perhaps due to the astonishing financial benefits of playing or the desire to have a successful career.
Costa is not a homegrown Chelsea player, he did not grow up supporting the club, so it is not all that surprising that a big-money offer from overseas would tempt him.
Even if the West London club feel let down by their striker, they should breathe a sigh of relief about the update regarding Jiangsu Suning’s restrictions.
Football is a results game and without Costa, they lose goals and potential trophies, so while he is under contract (until 2019), they should do what they can to keep hold of him.
The Spain international is currently one of the Premier League’s top scorers this season with 14 goals.
He led the way for weeks, but now shares the position with Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.