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Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are reportedly “working on a deal” to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa when the transfer window opens in June. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has ruled out a move for John Terry.
According to Sky Sports, Tianjin Quanjian are ready to offer Costa a record-breaking £650,000 per week after tax if he joins their Chinese revolution, with owner Shu Yuhui said to have confirmed talks are ongoing.
There had been doubts the Chinese club would retain their interest following Costa’s dip in form this year, which coincidentally came about after speculation of Chinese Super League attention first emerged in January.
Kaveh Solhekol of Sky Sports provided a latest update on the lengths to which Tianjin are ready to go in their attempt to land one of the Premier League’s most impressive performers this season:
Kaveh Solhekol @SkyKaveh
Tianjin Quanjian working on summer deal to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea. £650,000 a week contract. Ready to pay “crazy” transfer fee
4/20/2017, 8:15:40 PM
Metro‘s Mark Brus noted the value of the rejected January bid from Tianjin as a whopping £80 million, meaning the club will be more than aware they’re under pressure to beat that figure this time around.
It also helps Tianjin’s bid that Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard reported the Blues are ready to consider selling the 28-year-old, although Goal’s Nizaar Kinsella wrote they won’t be the only Chinese outfit interested:
Nizaar Kinsella @NizaarKinsella
Tianjin confirm they are still working on a deal for Costa, there are also three other CSL clubs in for him #CFC
4/20/2017, 10:15:13 AM
Chelsea could reinvest any money gained from Costa’s prospective sale to fund a renovation of the team in areas they don’t feel are strong enough, with a striking replacement likely to be a high priority if the Spain international departs.
Elsewhere, Palace chief Allardyce ruled his side out of the race for Terry—who will become a free agent when he leaves Chelsea this summer—after insisting he has enough centre-back talent already, per the Mirror‘s Ian Winrow:
I’ve got Scott Dann, James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho, Damien Delaney and Martin Kelly, so in central defence we’re looking pretty secure. I’m not sure if that’s going to be a position we’ll look at if and when we’re safe.
And hopefully we are safe by the end of the season, but that position looks pretty healthy. John, fantastic player that he is, would do us a great job, but with that amount of centre-halves at the club, I can’t see that happening at the moment.
Terry is poised to leave the west Londoners more than two decades after he arrived, having joined in 1995 as a youth from West Ham United and spending three years in the Blues’ youth setup before making his senior debut.
Terry may still have something to offer at an elite level, too, and the player advertised his qualities by posting a compilation video of his training-ground talents to Instagram:
According to the Daily Mail‘s Charles Sale, the bookmakers have slashed odds linking Terry with a move to London rivals Arsenal, while Bournemouth have previously been dubbed “front-runners” to land his signature, per the Mirror.
One potential concern for those clubs hoping to recruit the 36-year-old is financing his wages, although any potential employers would be signing the loyalties of arguably the best Premier League defender ever if they succeed.