Chelsea have reportedly set Diego Costa’s asking price at £130m and are prepared to listen to offers for the striker.
The 28-year-old has hit the headlines over the last fortnight as it emerged that he had become embroiled in a training ground row with one of manager Antonio Conte’s backroom staff.
The Spain international is believed to be keen on a big-money move to the Chinese Super League, having already seen Blues teammate Oscar switch to Shanghai SIPG earlier this month with earnings of £21m a year after tax.
Chelsea believe that they could extract a world-record fee from the CSL for Costa before the year is out and “have asked agents to find a Chinese club willing to pay £130m or more for him”.
After being dropped for chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leicester City last weekend, allegedly due to a “back injury”, Conte has confirmed that Costa is available for Hull City’s visit to Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in a £32m deal in 2014, still has two-and-a-half years remaining on his current £150,000-a-week contract.
Costa is currently Premier League top scorer with 15 goals along with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez so far this season.
The Spaniard has scored 52 times in 100 appearances for Chelsea since he joined the club in the summer of 2014.