Lassana Diarra appears to be heading for a big-money move to Chinese Super League outfit Shandong Luneng after his contract was terminated with Olympique de Marseille by mutual consent on Wednesday. 


The 31-year-old still owes former club Lokomotiv Moscow £6.8m for breaching his contract when he quit the club in 2016, having joined the Russian side in 2013 on a four-year contract.


The former Arsenal man was linked with Valencia during last month’s January transfer window. But according to ​The Sun, his agent is said to be in advanced negotiations with Shandong Luneng over a lucrative move to Felix Magath’s side that would help Diarra repay money to Lokomotiv.

Diarra has spent his career across a host of top clubs and has the luxury to chase a big cheque.


The Frenchmen first came to prominence in England when he moved to Chelsea where he played just 13 games before joining rivals Arsenal on a free transfer for a brief spell of seven games.

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His achievements were well documented under Harry Redknapp when he was part of the famous Portsmouth side that lifted the FA Cup in 2008. This followed on from consecutive cup victories after also lifting the same trophy with Chelsea in 2007.


The defensive midfielder has also represented Real Madrid and Russian club Anzhi Makkhachkala but his journey looks set to continue in China.