The Chinese have walked away from a deal to sign Chelsea forward Diego Costa because they thought they were investing £30 million a year in a chain of coffee shops.
Middlemen got the wrong end of the stick when bosses at an Asian investment bank told them: “Get us Costa, whatever it costs.”
They promptly put in a ridiculous £30 million a year offer to the fiery Chelsea Spaniard, who then had a bust-up with club staff when they refused to let him go.
The Stamford Bridge crisis deepened when the fixers called in a team of top barristers after further contact from China to make sure they had hired the best baristas.
Now Costa has been dropped from the Chelsea squad which travels to Leicester in the Premier League today – and the Chinese have not snapped up a sizeable investment in the Costa coffee chain.
A source close to the club said: “It’s all been a bit of a cock-up. Costa has had a roasting from the management, but it’s not too latte for him to apologise.”
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