Another Chinese giant, Shanghai Shenhua, have made an extraordinary counter bid to sign Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan from the noses of crosstown rivals Shanghai SIPG.
The Black Stars captain was made aware of the new offer before leaving Accra last Monday evening for Dubai to hold showdown talks with Al Ain.
Gyan is still likely to sign for Shanghai SIPG, but Al Ain appear more inclined to sell their priced asset to Shanghai Shenhua due to their improved offer on the EUR20m believed to have been made by Shanghai SIPG.
Both clubs are offering in excess of $300,000 in weekly wages to the Ghanaian but Shenhua are banking on their enhanced offer and global appeal to snatch the Ghanaian from the noses of their ambitious cross-town rivals.
Representatives of Shanghai SIPGled by agent Johan Eriksson and Claudio Vagheggi have however arrived in Dubai for a scheduled tripartite meeting involving Asamoah Gyan and Al Ain officials later today.
Asamoah Gyan will become the highest paid African player if his move to either of the Cinese clubs is concretized.
The deal for Gyan himself, believed to be a three-year contract, is worth close to €250,000 which will make him the highest paid African footballer.
Gyan, who has scored 95 goals in 83 league matches for Al Ain since joining in 2011, signed an extension to his current contract last summer that runs until 2018.
However, it appears the sheer size of the proposal from Shanghai for both the Garden City club and Gyan, 29, has convinced both parties to part company. Last season was Gyan’s least productive for Al Ain, with the Ghana captain dogged by a persistent quadriceps problem. He played only 17 times in the league – five as a substitute – but still managed to score 13 times.
Gyan scored 22 goals to help Al Ain secure a first league championship in eight years. He collected the Golden Boot the following two seasons as well.
In four years with Al Ain, Gyan has fired the club to three league titles and one President’s Cup crown. Last year, he finished top scorer in the Asian Champions League, finding the net 12 times as Al Ain advanced to the semi-finals.
Such a record has convinced Shanghai to make their move.
From Times Sports Desk