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Tianjin Quanjian owner denies spending limit, will look for players like Diego Costa in summer

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It is not over yet.

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Diego Costa continues to score goals for fun — back at it against Swansea City after a two-match “drought” in the Premier League — and he continues to attract transfer rumours. But after months and months of having to deal with Atletico Madrid rumours, nowadays we get to deal with Chinese Super League rumours. Never a boring day!

In the last transfer window in January, Tianjin Quanjian supposedly offered a staggering £90 million to the Blues for Costa, which we refused. But rumors since have claimed repeatedly that Tianjin will be back, and possibly armed with a world record €150m bid. As outrageous as that may sound, according to Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui, there is no reason to think that they aren’t being serious.

"Theoretically speaking, there is no limit on transfer budget. We can target whoever we want. But on several occasions, our targets are reluctant to join us. We made an attempt for [Alexandre] Pato last year but he was not willing to come because our club was still in second division then. After we got promoted, he came."

"We also approached Diego Costa and other stars. It remains to be seen who will join us in June, but I can assure you that the new players will be on the same level as [Diego] Costa."

-Shu Yuhui; Source: ESPN FC

It is clear that Tianjin's intentions are to have a player above the level of Pato leading the line, and Diego is the reference they’re using for the type of player they want. That doesn’t necessarily have an impact of Costa’s future with Chelsea, but we can probably rest assured that this transfer saga is far from over...