Diego Costa transfer talk to China has crumbled

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Tianjin Quanjian’s bid to sign Diego Costa from
Chelsea has been suspended by new rules in the
Chinese Super League, says club owner Shu
Yuhui.
Shu claims Tianjin had wanted moves for Spain
international Costa, 28, and France and Real Madrid  forwards Karim
Benzema, Radamel Falcao and Edinson Cavani.
But Chinese clubs will only be able to field three
foreign players per game when the new season
starts.
“This situation has brought a change to our signing
plans,” said Shu.
Clubs could previously select four foreign players of
any nationality and one Asian player in a matchday
squad.
From the start of the new season, in March, they
must name two Chinese players aged under 23 in
their matchday squads, with at least one in the
starting XI.
Shu said Tianjin would have made a “big
investment” this year had the previous rule
remained in place.
Speaking to Tianjin TV, Shu said contracts had been
agreed with Monaco striker Falcao, 30, and Benfica
forward Raul Jimenez, 25, before Monday’s rule
change.
Costa had been heavily linked with a move to China
that would be worth £30m a year, though Chelsea
had no intention of selling him. Source: bbcsports

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