Chelsea may not need to fight off China to keep Costa after all

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian have played down making a move for Chelsea striker Diego Costa this summer.

What’s the latest?

The big-money club were thought to be interested in the Spain international during the January transfer window.

It was widely thought that Tianjin would jump back in the market for Costa this summer, but they have released a statement suggesting that they may no longer be interested in the forward.

The London Evening Standard quotes the Chinese club as saying:

“For the past six months, our club have not involved in any form of communication and negotiation with Diego Costa nor his representatives.

“Our club will draw up a rational transfer plan as an aim to improve the spectator experience of the Chinese Super League and meet its sustainability demands. We won’t take part in any unhealthy competition, thus preventing all overpriced signings.”

What happens now?

Even if Tianjin do not try to persuade Costa to move to the Far East, the striker may be lured elsewhere.

The Brazilian-born player revealed last summer that he wanted to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but he was convinced to stay at Stamford Bridge.

A report in The Telegraph recently claimed that the La Liga club are keeping tabs on Costa’s situation and want to be informed of the striker’s plans.

From Chelsea’s point of view, they have the funds and stature to attract a worthy replacement should Costa depart.

His temper can sometimes get the better of him on the pitch, but he managed to score 20 Premier League goals this season, so he is worth fighting for.