Tianjin Quanjian’s billionaire owner Shu Yuhui has admitted that a clutch of big money signings are on their way to his Chinese Super League outfit but Diego Costa ISN’T one of them.
Chelsea striker Costa was linked with a £76million, £500,000-a-week switch to Tianjin Quanjian with the speculation arising after the Spain hitman and his agent snapped having dinner with club officials.
But while revealing his club has recruited “two or three” aces on pre-contract agreements, one of whom is said to be a world-class striker, he says Costa won’t be making the move.
Tianjin Quanjian have been linked with moves for PSG attacker star Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao of Monaco, Borussia Dortmund’s exciting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina goal-getter Nikola Kalinic.
Shu Yuhui reportedly told Tianjin Daily: “It’s safe to say we did make contact with all of those players, some of whom are still in talks with us. The only thing I can reveal right now is that we have agreed terms with two or three stars.
“The players have no problem with the deals and their clubs are also willing to let them leave. The only issue that remains unresolved is reaching agreements with their respective clubs over the transfer fees.
“The players we buy should satisfy two requirements. First, he is suitable to the style of football we play. And second, he has the right attitude. However, if some European clubs are intent on taking advantage of us, we won’t allow ourselves to get ripped off. We won’t lose our mind.
“Regarding the widespread rumour that Chelsea FC’s Diego Costa is close to joining, our club want to make clear that at this point, we have not been communicating with Costa regarding the transfer.”