Diego Costa looks set to quit Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
Chelsea forward Diego Costa remains keen on quitting the club at the end of the season and has had his head turned by a lucrative £32m-per year offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.
The Spaniard was one of the Blues’ best performers in the first half of the season but his form has dipped since January, when he was heavily linked with a move to China.
The fiery 28-year-old clashed with Antonio Conte over his wish to move to the far-east and, though the Italian convinced him to stay until the end of the season, a £620,000-a-week deal from Tianjin Quanjian remains on the table, according to the Daily Mail.
Costa was keen on rejoining Atletico Madrid last summer and if he opts to quit the club at the end of the current campaign then Conte will target Arsenal ace Alexis Sanchez and Everton star Romelu Lukaku as replacements.
Costa’s form has dipped dramatically since January (Picture: Getty)
Chelsea have a four-point lead at the top of the table and remain on course to be crowned Champions this term.
The Blues have benefited from a season without European football but Conte knows he must strengthen to contend with a greater fixture list next term and Roman Abramovich will hand him around £150million to do so.
The Italian wants to strengthen his team’s spine with a centre forward, a central midfielder and a centre-back all targeted.