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The Chinese Super League are on the verge of snapping up it's first high-profile acquisition of the January transfer window.
(A selection of players who have swapped Europe for China:)
The January market is in full flow with deals flying in left, right and centre.
And while transfers have been completed including Philippe Coutinho's £142 million switch to Barcelona, the usual suspects continue to dominate the rumour mills.
Coutinho unveiled as a Barcelona player. Image: PA
Alexis Sanchez's whereabouts at the end of the window remains a huge talking point. Will Manchester City finally get their man? Well, Kevin De Bruyne's comments are pretty ominous.
Another player who's been subject to plenty of interest is Villarreal's Cédric Bakambu.
The French striker is enjoying an impressive campaign, netting nine goals in just 12 La Liga games.
Premier League duo Spurs and Newcastle United have been keeping an eye on Bakambu, but the 26-year-old has snubbed their advances, opting to join Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan for a huge fee, if you include tax obligations.
Cédric Bakambu to Beijing Guoan already one of the more eye-popping deals of Jan so far. Now @francefootball reports Beijing end up paying €74m w/tax obligations & he'll earn €18m/year pre-tax
- Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) January 10, 2018
Breaking ' Villarreal striker Cédric Bakambu will join Beijing Guoan for €40m, subject to a medical, according to L'Équipe.
- Get French Football (@GFFN) January 3, 2018
What's more, the club have acted swiftly to replace his services.
Villarreal have moved to replace Cedric Bakambu.
Striker Roger Martinez joins for €15 million.
DETAILS :point_down:https://t.co/lF6PEtpV0o pic.twitter.com/ArIpsly35R
- MARCA in English (@MARCAinENGLISH) January 7, 2018
Meanwhile, Bakambu has already said goodbye to his Villarreal teammates.
"I've already said goodbye to my teammates. I'm hoping that everything will definitely be resolved between the two clubs as that is all that is left before the move is processed," he said via Independent.
Cedric Bakambu on joining Beijing Guoan: "I've already said goodbye to my teammates. I'm hoping that everything will definitely be resolved between the two clubs as that is all that is left before the move is processed." pic.twitter.com/oPuquwn6F7
- Indy Football (@IndyFootball) January 5, 2018
As well as the two clubs agreeing, his move is also subject to a medical.
What's your take on the transfer which is set to be finalised? Let us know.
Featured Image Credit: Chinese Super League
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