Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu fully expects his transfer to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan to be officialized once the club get home from a tour of Portugal, the former Villarreal striker told 'AFP' on Thursday.
The transfer window for European clubs closed at the end of January and all teams in Europe's big leagues are no longer doing business, but elsewhere in the world there are clubs who are still trying to strike deals, and they could be luring some of Europe's stars away.
Chinese Super League teams who evade the country's 100 percent levy on foreign player transfers face crippling point deductions under new measures aimed at plugging loopholes in the restrictions.
Beijing Guoan declined to confirm Cedric Bakambu's reported 40-million-euro signing on Wednesday -- despite releasing a photo of what looks like the Congolese striker training with the club.
Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu has become the most expensive African player in history after Chinese side Beijing Guoan agreed a £65m deal with the Spanish club.
Villarreal look set to lose Cedric Bakambu to Chinese Super League side Beijing Guoan after they met his buy-out clause.
Roger Schmidt is due to be unveiled on July 1 after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Beijing Guoan.
Beijing football club Guoan FC has been bought by a Chinese real estate developer, according to a statement on the Hong Kong stock exchange, with the club now valued at 754 million euros -- more than AC Milan.