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Chinese club end chase for Chelsea star!


Move scuppered by rule change, claims owner

Owner of Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian has revealed that they have given up their chase for Chelsea star Diego Costa.

It’s down to a new rule in the Chinese Super League (CSL) that puts a restriction on foreign players.

Billionaire Shu Yuhui claimed his club backed out of moves for Costa, Edinson Cavani, Karim Benzema, Radamel Falcao and Raul Jimenez following a change in the rule concerning how many foreign players are allowed in a matchday squad.

“If [the rule] had been ‘4+1’ as in the past, then we would have made a big investment this year, but now it seems to be changed to three,” Yuhui told Tianjin TV.

“This situation has brought a change to our signing plans. The online reports about Costa, it’s true we’d like him, and we made an offer for Cavani and were deep in negotiations.”


By Ben Kelly – @benkelly_10


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