Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu revealed that the club stopped Anthony Nwakaeme from moving to China at the beginning of the season by improving his salary.
The 31-year-old forward arrived in Trabzon in August 2018 and following his impressive start to life in the Turkish Super Lig ,where he scored 10 goals in his debut campaign, he attracted interest from China.
Last summer, Trabzonspor was said to be offered €6 million by an unnamed Chinese club for the player, however, Agaoglu has disclosed how they convinced the Nigerian to stay at the Senol Gunes Stadium.
“His managers had the thought of sending him to China. We could send him for a serious testimonial fee, but we did not," Agaoglu told Hurriyet.
“How much was the offer? They offered €6 million for the transfer, we did not accept it. We made improvements in the salary of the player in line with the club's possibilities and made him stay.”
This decision has turned out favourable for Trabzonspor - Nwakaeme has been the second-highest scoring player in Huseyin Cimsir's team this campaign.
The Nigerian attacker has scored 10 goals in 24 league matches this for the Black Sea Storm who sit on top the top of the Turkish Super Lig table.