Chinese Super League newly promoted side Tianjin Quanjian are confident that they can land Chelsea striker Diego Costa in this transfer market window.
Meanwhile, president Shu Yuhui confirmed interest also in other European top class strikers besides Costa, after completing the signing of Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg a few weeks ago.
Shu told Tianjin Sports Channel: “I made an appointment with agent Jorge Mendes and he came to my hometown to visit me. At that time, we were interested in signing Costa,”
“PSG have 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 also 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”.
“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”.
“As a matter of fact, the club had even prepared the contracts for Falcao and 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.”
It is understood the Chinese side are keeping tabs also on Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic.