Tottenham's Mousa Dembele is the latest player to be linked with a big-money move to the Chinese Super League, with Beijing Guoan interested in bringing the Spurs midfielder to the Far East.
The capital city club are ready to offer Dembele £150,000 a week to join Guoan, who are among the most ambitious clubs in China and have extensive resources with which to pursue their targets.
The Sun reports that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is considering moving Dembele on this summer as part of a squad rebuild which could also see fellow contract rebel and Belgian teammate Toby Alderweireld leave the club.
Mousa Dembélé and Beijing Guoan: a link that won’t go away. At the moment all the foreigner slots at the Chinese club are taken. One player signed in 2016, one in 2017 and two in 2018. Dembélé keeps all options open. Contract running out in 2019. pic.twitter.com/jo5HTfGcms— Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) May 15, 2018
Pochettino has previously spoken glowingly about Dembele, calling him "a genius of football" and comparing him to Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho.
However, Dembele only has one year left on his contract and is unlikely to sign a
There are also concerns about Dembele's fitness going forwards. He had ankle surgery last year and has complained of another ankle problem at the end of this season.
Tottenham may be tempted to sell before these problems worsen, and Dembele may be tempted by the slower, less aggressive pace of the CSL.
Dembele has made over 230 appearances in six seasons for Tottenham since joining from London rivals Fulham in 2012.
There are now four Chinese transfers in the top 50 most expensive deals of all time. Beijing Guoan's February signing of Cedric Bakambu from Villarreal for £65.4m is the most valuable of these.
Dembele would be joining Belgian teammates Axel Witsel and Yannick Carasco in China if he decided to make the move. Witsel plays for Tianjin Quanjin while Carrasco is at Dalian Yifang.