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Pato urge Chinese club to make a move for Diego Costa

Diego Costa has long been heavily linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in the past few months and his former teammate Alexandre Pato would be open to the Spanish international joining him at Tianjin Quanjian.

Pato and Costa were teammates at Chelsea during the Brazilian’s short-lived loan spell in London and he believes they could form a strong attacking duo together.

Costa is on course to win the Premier League with Chelsea this season, and despite the rumors of him moving to China, the Brazilian-born forward claims he’s enjoying life at Chelsea.

Pato, however, thinks Costa would be a good addition to the Tianjin Quanjian squad.

“[Diego Costa] is a great teammate and he could help us a lot,” the 27-year-old said in an interview recently. “Yet we don’t know anything about it.

“What I do think is that I’m sure we’ll sign a very important and top-level player this summer.

“I don’t know [if it’ll be Costa] as I just focus on playing.

“The ones in charge of these matters are [coach] Fabio Cannavaro and the president.

“We’re a strong club with the economic capacity to sign good players and they will look for the kind of players who can help us to play in the Asian Champions League next season.”

Pato’s move to China at the end of the winter window cost his new club an estimated 18 million euros, following an impressive six months at Villarreal.