China’s pursuit of elite footballers continues, and today there has been news that Yaya Touré turned down an offer that would have pocketed him close to £500,000-per-week to play for Jiangsu Suning in the Chinese Super League.
It’s hard to blame any footballer who wants to accept the incredible wages on offer from China, but there are still those who are willing to sacrifice huge pay increases to stay in Europe.
According to France Football, two of those are Manchester City players – one of them currently out on loan.
Manuel Pellegrini’s Hebei China Fortune have shown strong interest in three Premier League stars this winter – David Silva, Samir Nasri and West Ham rebel Dimitri Payet. With Sevilla still in the La Liga title race and the Champions League last 16, Nasri will not be moving, it is reported. And Silva has previously made it clear he is happy at City and doesn’t fancy a move to China, so he too will be going nowhere this month.
That leaves Payet as a possibility and France Football claims he is now Pellegrini’s top target to sign for Hebei, but that too may prove fruitless. Reports suggest Payet only wants a return to Marseille for family reasons, hence the ongoing stand-off between the Frenchman and West Ham as he tries to force through a move back to France.
City fans need not fear – David Silva is going nowhere this month, while the on-loan Nasri, who has been so impressive at Sevilla he will surely be considered by Pep Guardiola for next season’s squad, is also staying in Europe.