Costa's China move could break down due to new rule
After reportedly holding talks with Tianjin Quanjian officials recently about a move to the Chinese Super League, Diego Costa looked set to be on his way out of Chelsea. Now, however, a new rule that is being implemented in China could mean that any interested party will have to pay in the region of £150 million for him.
When the Chinese Super League transfer window opens next month, a new rule will be in place, where clubs will have to pay 100 percent tax on all foreign signings. With Tianjin Quanjian suggested to have prepared a £76 million bid for Costa, that would take the price to over £150 million.
The new rule is to deter clubs from "blindly one-upping each other, high-priced acquisitions, and actions that drive up prices.” The Spain international was said to be keen on the move and has been linked with an exit from Stamford Bridge all season.
This latest development will interest Costa's former club, Atletico Madrid, who are said to be monitoring the situation, particularly if they lose Antonie Griezmann.
Another player that this tax rule may affect is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. The England international reportedly has offers on the table from Chinese clubs, but they may now think twice before making an offer.