Barcelona star Dani Alves has reportedly received a lucrative offer to join the Chinese Super League.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported the news, relayed by beIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri and Sport Witness:
Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri
Dani Alves has received a 12m€ per year proposal from China, according to Mundo Deportivo. It would turn him into 6th highest paid player2016-2-9 09:25:21
Sport Witness @Sport_Witness
Alves €36m three year China offer, maybe Barca could be tempted. https://t.co/KdLfW45Sh8 https://t.co/iLn7TbC13x2016-2-9 10:31:53
The offer comes from an unspecified club; though, the likely candidates are Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai Shenhua and Jiangsu Suning.
Should the right-back make the move to China, he would be following in the footsteps of a number of high-profile players to head there in big-money deals in recent times.
In years gone by, notable but largely older players such as Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Robinho departed European football for China also, though none reside there now.
In the winter transfer window alone, Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez all headed to the Far East as China showed their financial might and new-found pulling power—the former two signed for Jiangsu, the latter for Guangzhou.
Gervinho and Fredy Guarin were among other Europe-based stars to make the switch this winter, while Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi is also close to a move, according to Mark Rodden of ESPN FC. China's transfer window does not close until February 26.
According to Sam Wallace of the Telegraph, China are emerging as a real power in club football, as both private and state-backed funding has allowed their top clubs to sign star players—many of whom are still at peak age, as their recent acquisitions demonstrate.
Plenty of Alves' compatriots are involved with Chinese champions Guangzhou: Paulinho, Alan Carvalho and Ricardo Goulart are among the playing staff, and World Cup-winning manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is at the helm.
Football journalists Rik Sharma and Sid Lowe hailed the 32-year-old last season as he helped Barca win a historic treble:
Rik Sharma @riksharma_
Dani Alves has rolled back the years in the second half of this season2015-5-2 15:13:42
Sid Lowe @sidlowe
I'd call Dani Alves the best right back I've seen if it wasn't for the fact that 'right back' is such an inadequate description.2015-5-21 19:16:31
Alves has continued to enjoy success with the Catalan giants this season, and their win in the Club World Cup in December represented an impressive milestone, per stat expert MisterChip:
MisterChip (English) @MisterChiping
Dani Alves ties Pelé for Brazilian with the most official titles (29) in world football history.2015-12-20 12:33:31
As hinted by Lowe, the marauding full-back is known for his incredible attacking output, and he has contributed a staggering 99 assists for Barcelona in all competitions, including five this season.
Alves has achieved virtually all there is to in football and will have just one more year left on his contract at the end of the current campaign, according to Transfermarkt.
He could easily see out his final year at the Camp Nou, but it equally wouldn't be a surprise to see him take the offer and enjoy a hefty payday before retirement.
In other news, Barca manager Luis Enrique is reportedly unhappy with Marc-Andre ter Stegen amid interest in the 'keeper from Liverpool, according to Hector Andreu of Spanish outlet Fichajes (h/t James Whaling of the Mirror).
Per the report, Enrique has taken issue with the German's "attitude," and the Reds will attempt to recruit him in the summer as competition for Simon Mignolet.
The Belgian recently signed a lengthy new deal with the Reds but is yet to shake off his error-prone reputation, while Ter Stegen will continue to be linked with a move away from Barca until he becomes their No. 1 choice in La Liga.