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Diego Costa signs pre-contract agreement to leave Chelsea

Diego Costa has signed a pre-contract agreement with Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian according to reports.

Spanish Radio station Cadena SER say that the Spanish international striker his signed a deal which will see him leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Costa, along with his agent Jorge Mendes, were spotted dining at the exclusive Grovesnor hotel in London last week. It is claimed that it is there where he met officials of the Chinese club and finalised the terms of his transfer.

Pre-contract agreement

Those terms include moving to China in ‘mid May’ to sign a deal worth €30 million-a-year after tax.

Costa has spent three seasons at Chelsea, where he is on course to win his second Premier League title. During his time at the club, he has an impressive goalscoring record of 56 goals in 116 appearances.

However, Costa’s early season sensational form has dipped since the turn of the year when he was heavily linked with a move to the Far East. Those rumours never materialised, but it seems as though he will finally get his wish this summer. He was subsequently dropped for against Leicester City as Antonio Conte seemed angry at the Spaniard for trying to engineer a move away.

The club owner of Tianjin, Shu Yuhui has also dropped a hint to Tianjin Daily that they have agreed a deal;

The only thing I can reveal right now is that we have agreed terms with two or three stars.

The only issue that remains unresolved is reaching agreements with their respective clubs over the transfer fees.

He will link up with former Italy captain and World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro who is the manager at the CSL side.

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