Chinese raid on Stamford Bridge: Chelsea to loose Costa for £72m
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Chinese raid on Stamford Bridge: Chelsea to loose Costa for £72m

Double-your-money offer for Costa

Controversial Chelsea striker Diego Costa is set to be offered a double-your-money offer by two Chinese clubs, according to some latest reports.

The Brazilian-born Spain international is still unsettled at Stamford Bridge and could depart during the summer transfer window.

And The Sunday Times reports two Chinese Super League clubs have informed they are ready to make huge offers for the 27-year-old striker.

It is believed they are willing to offer £72.1m for the former Atletico Madrid hitman and are interested in more than double Costa’s current salary, which at the moment stands at £4m after-tax per year.

Costa is reported to have been negotiating to push through an exit for much of the current campaign.

And his future remains in greater doubt with Chelsea hierarchy likely to miss out on European football next season following a disastrous defence of their Premier League title.

Atletico are also keen in re-signing Costa but are only ready to pay £36m for the controversial star.

The Brazil-born Spain international shot to prominence at Atletico Madrid, which eventually earned the striker a lucrative move to Stamford Bridge, but since then there have been repeated speculations that the he is keen to return to Spain.

He started this season very slowly but has managed to return to something which can be considered as his best form in recent time and has even scored eleven goals in the Premier League this term.

Although he is rather a controversial figure and has been plunged into several high-profile controversial incidents since joining Chelsea, the striker’s quality on- field cannot be denied.

Chelsea will certainly be reluctant to let Costa leave, especially given the lack of backup options the Blues have in attack. Loic Remy has failed to make much of an impact when he has been called upon this season while loan signings Radamel Falcao and Alexandre Pato have had fitness issues and still not in a position to earn the regular spot in the starting eleven.

Youngster Bertrand Traore though has displayed some encouraging performances, but maybe is not ready to be regarded as Chelsea’s first-choice striker at the moment.

Many believe that Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone still regards the controversial striker as his central striker along with Griezmann and Carrasco operating down the flanks and often making a position switch.

Much of the future decisions likely to depend on what the next Chelsea boss- probably Antonio Conte- decides to do with Diego Costa.  Although the Italian manager, if he is appointed, will obviously do his best to keep hold of the in-form striker.

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