Chelsea smart to tie down Diego Costa

Diego Costa has agreed to sign a new five-year deal worth £220,000 a week at Chelsea, according to The Sun.

What’s the story?

There were concerns in January that Costa might leave Stamford Bridge after Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjin made their interest known.

It was rumoured that the big spenders were willing to offer a £30m-a-year contract to the Spain international, who was dropped from Antonio Conte’s squad last month following an alleged training ground bust-up.

The 28-year-old has since returned to the team, though, and these latest reports suggest that he is planning to commit his future to Chelsea.

The Sun reports that Costa will become the club’s highest-paid player, picking up £57m by the time the new deal expires, but he also has the incentives of bonuses that could pocket him an extra £8m.

Why tie him down now?

Considering that the Chinese clubs came calling in the winter window, it is likely that others will try to test Chelsea’s resolve at the end of the season.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich has the cash to spend on high-profile players and due to the likelihood that Chelsea will win the Premier League this season, they will attract big names.

However, they already have a big name, and even though he is in the middle of a goal drought, Costa remains their leading scorer with a tally of 15.

The 28-year-old is currently joint third alongside Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the race for the golden boot, with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez slightly ahead on 16 and 17 goals respectively.

If Chelsea can secure his signature before the end of the season, it prevents a potential saga and can give Conte freedom to pursue summer targets.