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Chinese club confirm deal for world class striker

EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 19/05/2017

Costa looking very angry

Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea forward, Diego Costa have been strongly linked with a move to China this summer but while nothing has been confirmed, Tianjin Quanjian have stated that they have reached a verbal deal with a world-class frontman.

The Gabonese has scored 37 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Bundesliga club this campaign and despite openly admitting his desire to play for Real Madrid at some point in his career – he is not desperate for a move.

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Costa, on his part has helped Chelsea to win the premier league for the second time in three seasons and looks set to leave the club following with manager Antonio Conte in January.

But the pair have since patched up their differences but the current situation of the striker at the club remains unclear.

‘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.

‘The club have once got the short end of the stick after our transfer target was exposed ahead of time. So we won’t say his name.

‘We will get [at least] one, but two [signings from Europe] is also possible.

‘Buying a world-class centre forward is a no-brainer, but a winger is in our plan too. The dust has not settled yet, but we are close to reaching a deal [with the winger].’