Bakambu finally completes CSL switch

Cedric Bakambu has finally completed his move to the Chinese Super League after confusion over the details of his transfer to Beijing Guoan.

Bakambu has been training with Beijing since they agreed to meet the £35million release clause in the Congolese striker’s contract at Spanish side Villarreal.

However, it was uncertain whether Beijing would have to pay the 100 per cent tax on foreign signings with a price tag in excess of £5m, or whether they would attempt to find a loophole in the rules.

One day before the CSL transfer deadline, an agreement has been reached and Bakambu’s move has been confirmed after he has penned a four-year contract at the club.

“It was not an easy decision for me to make,” said Bakambu in a club statement.

“Now, I’m finally here with my team and I will try my best to help them. After two months of spending time with the team, I want to thank everyone for helping me settle in. Now it is my turn to help the team.”

Bakambu is one of two signings from La Liga, with Spanish winger Jonathan Viera arriving from Las Palmas.

With the two players on board, boss Roger Schmidt has set his sights on qualifying for the Asian Champions League.

He said: “We have to speed up the integration of the new players as soon as possible to become a leading team and try to claim an Asian Champions League slot. A long journey starts with the first step and now we have to focus on our games one by one.”