Guangzhou Evergrande have agreed to sell striker Elkeson to Shanghai SIPG in order to boost their latter’s chances of success in the AFC Champions League.
Elkeson starred in Guangzhou’s AFC Champions League triumph last year as he scored the only goal in the two legs against Al Ahli.
While Guangzhou claim that they sold Elkeson with the intention of helping Shanghai achieve better results, the club also admitted that they were rewarded handsomely for selling the 26-year-old.
“For the purpose of supporting Chinese teams to compete in the AFC Champions League, and for the national glory, we agreed Elkeson’s transfer to Shanghai SIPG club,” a club statement said. “The sale of Elkeson created a record high number in Chinese transfer market, the club got back €5.7 million investment and acquired profit.”
Elkeson represented Guangzhou in 111 matches in all competitions and scored 76 goals. During his time with the club, he also recorded 24 assists and helped them win three consecutive domestic league titles.