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outfit Tianjin Quanjian have denied widespread speculation that they
have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea frontman Diego Costa.
in both Spain and the UK this week suggested that Tianjin were ready to
meet Chelsea’s £75million asking price for Costa and make him the
highest-paid footballer in the world, with a £650 000 a week contract.
were in discussions to sign Costa during the January transfer window
and have indicated that they want to revive their interest during the
in a statement, Tianjin insisted they are yet to hold talks with Costa
after reports that they had met with the 28-year-old in London last
the widespread rumour that Chelsea FC's Diego Costa is close to joining
Tianjin Quanjian FC, our club want to make clear that at this point, we
have not been communicating with Costa regarding the transfer," the
Tianjin’s words are unlikely to halt the speculation over Costa’s future.
Owner and president Shu Yuhui declared earlier this week that the club were confident of signing a “world class striker”.
He said: "We have three candidates now. It won't be long before we announce who to sign.
team is working very hard on the negotiation. Tianjin fans, please
trust us. Like I promised, he will be a world-class player for sure."