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It is a known fact that Chelsea forward Diego Costa is certain for a move to China after the big offer from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian during the mid-season transfer window.

Reports claim that the Brazil-born Spain international was set for a record-breaking move to China.

The club’s billionaire owner, Shu Yuhui, fueled speculation Thursday with his comments, saying the Chinese Super League side have secured pre-contract agreements over the transfers of “two or three” big names and there was also a picture that circulated the media of Costa’s meeting with Chinese agents in a restaurant.

Diego Costa

However, Tianjin has come out to debunk rumours, stating clearly in a statement that the club has not made contact with the Chelsea star, and thus, do not have a contract in place.

“With regard to the widespread rumours that Chelsea’s Diego Costa is expected to join Tianjin Quanjian, our club wants to clarify that so far, we have not been communicating with Diego Costa regarding the transfer,” the statement read.

Though Costa’s performances dipped since the winter window, the striker is now somewhat back to his best scoring a brace against Southampton in a 4-2 win at the end of April which has taken his tally to 19 goals but failed to find the back of the net in a 3-0 thrashing of Everton.

He will be expected to increase his goal tally this weekend when they host Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge in a Monday night fixture.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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