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Tianjin Quanjian confirm failed bids for Costa, Cavani, Benzema, Falcao, and Raúl Jiménez

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Tianjin Quanjian can’t be accused of aiming too low in their hunt for an “out-and-out striker”. If the claims of their owner Shu Yuhui are true, they have had bids rejected for Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema, and ... wait for it ... Diego Costa.

“Our club had a massive investment plan for the new season but it was tightened up by the new rules. We need an out-and-out striker so we made a bid for Benzema. We also made an attempt for Falcao.”

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"I made an appointment with Mendes and he came to my hometown to visit me. At that time, we were interested in signing Costa.”

“PSG told us Cavani would only be allowed to leave in June, even though the player himself was willing to join us. The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea would only let him leave in June. However, the new season of CSL will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can't wait so long.”

-Shu Yuhui; source: Tianjin Sports Channel via Goal

It’s unclear if Shu means that the “same can be said” applies to Costa being willing to join them or simply to just Chelsea not willing to sell until June. Either way, it’s not happening, though obviously this could play into the rumors of Costa throwing a hissy fit and trying to force a sale. Whether any of that actually happened, or if he did in fact simply pick up an ill-timed injury and connections were made between things that had nothing to do with each other, I’m not sure we’ll ever definitely know.

For what it’s worth, Tianjin, having been rejected on Cavani, Costa, and Benzema and having been prevented from signing Falcao and Benfica’s Raul Jimenez thanks to the new financial rules, will now have to settle for Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinić. Talk about a downgrade!

“As a matter of fact, the club had even prepared the contracts for Falcao and [Benfica striker] Raul Jimenez. We had already reached agreement with them on wages and bonus. The pair were expected to sign the contracts, but the new rules forced us to give up on them.”

“We are currently discussing whether to hold onto [former Brazil international] Luis Fabiano. But Cannavaro told us he preferred Kalinic, who would perfectly fit into the team's style of play.”

-Shu Yuhui; source: Tianjin Sports Channel via Goal