China beckons for Jonathan Viera or Iago AspasFebruary 14, 2018
Las Palmas forward Jonathan Viera is set to join Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan, but will be replaced by Iago Aspas if a deal falls through.
The 28-year-old Gran Canarian is currently enjoying his second stint with the club, but his form has seen him linked with a move away from the club, prompting interest from a number of English sides in the process, such as Everton.
A summer move does seem likely, leaving Las Palmas fans questioning their sides ambitions after losing a number of stars in the last 12 months, which include Kevin Prince Boateng, Roque Mesa and most recently, Loic Remy.
Having gained plentiful interest, Viera has now been linked with a move to China and he has spoken about negotiating a deal with Guoan in a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo.
“I will give everything for the team, but I have told Miguel Angel Ramirez (club president) – that this is a unique opportunity for me and for my family, ” Viera said.
“I have outlined to him how I have been losing money for many years because of staying here. My heart is frozen, I can see the situation with the team, how important I am, but I am clear I would accept an offer.”
Whilst talks are still ongoing, it is also now being reported that Guoan could move for Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas if negotiations fail.
Spanish daily Marca report the news, claiming the Chinese Super League club believe they can afford his £35m release clause.
The Chinese club failed to lure Maxi Gomez from Celta in the January transfer window after the deal broke down in the final stages.