Chinese side Tianjin Quinjian, who are interested in Diego Costa , claim they have reached a ‘verbal agreement’ with their top transfer target.
The Chelsea striker’s future remains uncertain despite a second Premier League title in three years.
He has refused to commit to the club and was frustrated a January move fell through.
Tianjin have made no secret of their interest in Costa , while Borussia Dortmund goal machine Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also been linked.
And the mega-rich Chinese club have revealed a deal is in the pipeline for a star name.
“Basically, a decision on which player we are going to buy in the summer has been made. And we have secured a verbal agreement with the player as well as his club,” Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui confirmed.
“We have not signed a formal contract yet, and I will not reveal the player’s name during the sensitive period.
“We will get [at least] one, but two [signings from Europe] is also possible.
“Buying a world-class centre forward is a no-brainer.”
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