The agent of Barcelona star Arda Turan has denied his client received a massive offer from a Chinese club, while Dani Alves has reportedly turned down a similar move in favour of an extended stay with the Blaugrana.
Speaking to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Goal's David Manuca), Ahmet Bulut, who represents Turan, denied rumours the midfielder had received any offers―or that he's looking to leave Barcelona: "It is not true that Arda has received any offer [from China]. Arda is not looking at leaving now, or in the summer [transfer window]."
The Turkey international only made his debut for the La Liga champions in January after he was forced to sit out the first half of the 2015-16 campaign due to Barcelona's transfer embargo.
Per Manuca, there were reports Beijing Guoan were willing to offer Turan a staggering wage of €20 million per season on a five-year deal, but it now seems those reports were false.
Turan has fitted in almost seamlessly since making his debut in January, playing mainly as a central midfielder.
The former Atletico Madrid star is versatile enough to line up all over midfield or even in attack, only adding to his value. Here's a look at some of his highlights from last season:
Chinese clubs have stolen the spotlight in the last few weeks with several ambitious moves during the winter transfer window, establishing the Chinese Super League as a destination for top players.
As shared by John Bennett of BBC Sport, these clubs have the funds to pull off incredible transfers―and they're not afraid to use it:
Ramires £25m, Jackson Martinez £31m & now Alex Teixeira £38m. China's (& Asia's) transfer record broken 3 times in 10 days.— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) February 5, 2016
Unsurprisingly, this has led to plenty of speculation regarding their next targets, but Turan hardly fits the mould of a player who would realistically move to China at this point in his career.
He had to wait for six months before he could finally play official matches for his dream club―there's no way he would leave Barcelona within weeks of making his debut.
It's also worth pointing out most of the players departing for China are South American―stars who are already used to playing thousands of miles away from home.
Per Sport Witness' Lucas Esposito, the decision to move to China isn't as hard as you might think for Brazilians, for instance:
To a Brazilian, it largely doesn’t matter if they will live in Liverpool or in Jiangsu. They will be thousands of miles away from home anyway, far from their families, friends and their culture. Their children will be educated in another language. Having more money and more comfort makes all the difference for a family who feel alone in a strange place.
From that perspective, the rumours linking Alves with a move to the Chinese Super League made more sense.
Per Sport's Tomas Andreu, sources close to the Brazilian confirmed his agent was contacted by a Chinese club, but Alves has turned down the opportunity to move to the Far East.
The 32-year-old is coming to the end of a wonderful career, and with his contract set to run out in 2017, a summer move would be a realistic option. It would allow the veteran to cash in before the inevitable decline sets in, and Barcelona to ask for some kind of fee in order to make the transfer happen.
But Alves has been with the Catalans since 2008, winning countless trophies and earning more than enough money along the way. He's become a part of the club at this point, and the decision to leave Catalonia will be a hard one, no matter when he has to make it.
Per the report, Alves will evaluate his options in the summer, and he might still choose to cash in and play in China for a few years. But he's still a regular and productive starter for the Blaugrana―he was never likely to leave the club in the middle of the season.