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Villarreal star Bakambu set for €40m Beijing Guoan switch

19:45 GMT+4 03/01/2018
Cedric Bakambu Villarreal Athletic Bilbao La Liga
The Chinese Super League side triggered the Congo international's release clause to secure his services ahead of the new season

Cedric Bakambu looks set to join Beijing Guoan after the Chinese Super League club met his reported €40 million release clause, Villarreal coach Javier Calleja has confirmed.

The 26-year-old striker has been in excellent form for Villarreal this season, scoring nine goals in 15 La Liga appearances.

Reports began to circulate on Tuesday that Guoan had tabled a €40m offer, which Villarreal would have to reluctantly accept as it is understood to be the value of the release clause in his contract.

Speaking to reporters, Calleja said: "It's not the best thing that could have happened to us.

"But a lot of clubs have expressed an interest and, in this case, a club came along who were willing to pay our player's buy-out fee. and when that situation arises, there's really not a great deal you can do."

Villarreal found themselves in a similar position last January, when Alexandre Pato joined another CSL side in Tianjin Quanjian for €18m.

Nevertheless, should the sale of Bakambu go through, it will prove a remarkable deal for Villarreal, who only paid Bursaspor a reported €7.4m for the striker in August 2015.

Speculation suggests that unsettled Everton forward Sandro Ramirez could be identified as a potential replacement.