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Six days into the January transfer window and I was starting to think things from China were awfully quiet, too quiet for my liking. Here they are though, bursting onto the scene with a huge move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
In the last couple of years the Chinese Super League have been the big players in any and every transfer window, sniping around the edges of the best players in Europe to pick up the second tier of player for huge money.
As the league has grown players like Oscar, Paulinho, Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato have all found a home in the Far East, not exactly a place known for its world class football.
Aubameyang has long been linked with clubs in Europe. The Borussia Dortmund forward looked destined for PSG in the summer before they changed their transfer plans and went for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
Just yesterday Arsene Wenger denied that he had any interest in the player and now Chinese paper Sina Sports, via Goal, report that Guangzhou Evergrande have had an offer of €72 million accepted for the Gabon forward.
It's being reported that both the selling club and the player have agreed to the move with the former PSG player not moving until the summer when the European season has finished, but the CSL will still be going on.
Another Chinese side, Beijing Guoan, had been the front runners for the forward and apparently €60 million, before Gangzaou came in, blowing them out of the water.
A spokesperson for Beijing told Sina Sports, "It is unprofessional to poach other club's target and drive up the price so carelessly and recklessly, which will ultimately put the Chinese football and the national interest in jeopardy," after offering €60 million for a player!
The player had a long held ambition to play for Real Madrid because his grandfather was a big fan of the club. Despite being one of the best strikers around though that move never seemed on.
He was linked with Arsenal earlier this week as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
Now though it seems that he is bound to become the next big money move to China.
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