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With rumours rife that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will be leaving for China at the end of the season, a new rule in the Chinese Super League will now make it difficult for Chinese clubs to splash the cash.

The Chinese Football Association has implemented a restriction on Chinese Super League clubs buying foreign players, making it so clubs in debt must match the transfer fee of a foreign player with a donation to a development fund.

Per ESPN FC’s Michael Church, the CFA released a statement explaining the decision: “To benefit the healthy and steady development of professional football leagues and curb the irrational spending on players, those clubs which are in the red should pay the same sums of money as they are spending on buying players to the Chinese Football Development Fund.”

The tax will be imposed from June 19 when the CSL’s summer transfer window opens.

This new ruling might just affect any possible bid for Costa.

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