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Tianjin Quanjian still interested in signing Diego Costa

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Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 16:39

However, Tianjin have not lost their interest, and billionaire owner Shu Yuhui insists a deal is still in the pipeline to bring the Spanish worldwide to the club.

The Chinese Super League club tried to sign the Spain striker during the January window, but a move did not materialise. "And we have already made contacts with several players", he told Sina Sports.

Costa is again being linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian this week.

Any deal is likely to be extremely lucrative, with some reports suggesting that Tianjin could make Costa the world's highest-paid player with a £650,000-a-week contract.

But just three of Costa's 17 Premier League goals this season have come in 2017 and as he approaches the final two years of his Chelsea contract, Tianjin still want the frontman.

"We have high standards and those players prefer top clubs such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid".

"We are in competition with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid for transfers, so let's wait until June and then we will see".

"The only thing I can say about it is that we are still working on a deal", he revealed.

Over the past couple of years, a number of renowned footballers including Ezequiel Lavezzi, Carlos Tevez and Graziano Pelle, have made the move to clubs in the Chinese Super League.

Tianjin already has a number of well-known footballing names on their books with Fabio Cannavaro holding down the position of manager, while Alexander Pato and Axel Witsel arrived at the club following their promotion from the second division.