Diego Costa dropped as Chinese club prepare huge bid


Diego Costa has sent a message of encouragement to his Chelsea team-mates despite mounting speculation that he could leave the club in the transfer window.

The Spain international has been dropped from the squad to face Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday following claims he was involved in a training ground bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and fitness coach Julio Tous.

Chelsea declined to comment on the reports but talk of a possible departure to the lucrative Chinese Super League has grown, with Costa reportedly an £80 million target for Tianjin Quanjian.

It is believed they are prepared to pay in excess of £570,000-a-week to make the switch, more than three times what he currently earns at Stamford Bridge.

Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol claims Costa's row with Conte ended with the Chelsea boss shouting, "Go to China!".

Taking to his official Instagram page on Friday, however, the former Atletico Madrid striker appeared to show some solidarity with the league leaders.

Along with a picture of him and Pedro celebrating a goal against Tottenham, he wrote "Come on Chelsea!". The post was swiftly followed by a series of replies from fans appealing for him to stay.

Costa has managed 14 goals and five assists in 19 league appearances this season.

Come on Chelsea!!!

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