Chinese Super League team Tianjin Quanjian have distanced themselves from reports linking them with signing Antonio Conte’s key player Diego Costa.
Tianjin Quanjian have been linked with a big-money move for the Spaniard forward, who has two more years left on his current deal.
The 28-year-old forward has found the net for 20 times for Chelsea this term winning a second Premier League title since his £32million from Atletico Madrid back in 2014.
He has also been linked with a return to La Liga. He admitted previously frustrations over his life at London.
A statement on Tianjin’s official website said: “During the past six months the club has not communicated with Diego Costa or his agent regarding his transfer to Tianjin Quanjian.”
Spaniard has been linked with a £76m move but Chinese club added that they are not ready to spend big this summer.
“We have no intention of becoming involved in any unhealthy competition and, consequently, paying a premium price,” they said.
Following rumours linked Diego Costa with an exit from Stamford Bridge Stadium, the Blues have identified Romelu Lukaku as an ideal replacement.