DR Congo and Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu is close to becoming the most expensive African player ever and also the highest paid African footballer.
The 26-year-old Bakambu earlier turned down a move to the Premier League to join Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan in a record-breaking deal worth £65million.
The former Bursaspor striker, Bakambu looks to have agreed on a long-term contract worth a reported £307,000 a week, despite interest from Tottenham, Newcastle, West Brom, and West Ham all from the English Premier League.
Upon official announcement, Bakambu’s move will make him the most expensive African player of all time ahead of Liverpool’s £39m man Mohamed Salah.
Bakambu took to social media on yesterday to share a picture of himself seemingly undergoing part of his medical in the Chinese capital.The DR Congo striker attracted attention from Beijing Guoan and a host of English top-flight clubs after his impressive form for Villarreal.
He scored 48 goals in just 105 games for the Yellow Submarine after arriving from Bursaspor in 2015.
Villarreal is set to make a huge profit on Bakambu after signing him for just £6.5m following a prolific season in Turkey, where he netted 21 goals.