Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian are refusing to reveal the identity of the striker they have agreed to sign, despite rumours over Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Star striker Aubameyang could be heading to the exit door at Dortmund this summer, with the 27-year-old making no secret of his eagerness to play for Real Madrid.
But Aubameyang has also been linked with big-money move to Tianjin, where he could reportedly pocket a salary in excess of £400,000 a week.
Tianjin – who have long been linked with Chelsea’s Diego Costa – admit they have all but sealed one major summer signing, yet will not confirm if that is Aubameyang.
Owner Shu Yuhui said: “Basically, a decision on which player we are going to buy in the summer has been made. And we have secured a verbal agreement with the player as well as his club.
"We have not signed a formal contract yet, and I will not reveal the player's name during the sensitive period.
"The club have once got the short end of the stick after our transfer target was exposed ahead of time. So we won't say his name.
“We will get [at least] one, but two [signings from Europe] is also possible.
"Buying a world-class centre forward is a no-brainer, but a winger is in our plan too. The dust has not settled yet, but we are close to reaching a deal [with the winger]."
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