Antonio Conte expects Diego Costa to leave Chelsea this summer. (Getty Images)
Antonio Conte is already planning for life without Diego Costa as the Chelsea striker remains keen on joining the Chinese Super League, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims that Tianjin Quanjian have retained their interested after failing in their move for the Brazil-born striker in the January transfer window.
Costa was unhappy that Chelsea rejected Tianjin’s advances but their offer of a £32 million-a-year contract remains on the table.
The report also claims that there is a fear among Chelsea’s hierarchy that Costa’s head has been turned by the interest from the Far East.
Costa has struggled for form in recent weeks. (Getty Images)
As such, Conte is making plans for the 28-year-old’s departure, and is targeting Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata, who Conte missed out on last summer, is also believed to have remained on the Italian’s shortlist.
Since the interest from China, Costa has struggled for form and has scored only two goals in the Premier League in 2017.