Simone Zaza refuses big money transfer to ChinaJune 19, 2018
Italian international and Valencia striker Simone Zaza has rejected an opportunity from a Chinese Super League club. The club in question is believed to be Guangzhou Evergrande – managed by Italian World Cup 2006 winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.
According to Super Deporte, the figure in question for Zaza is believed to be in the region of €30 million. This would prove quite a significant profit for Valencia should they cash in on their striker.
The former Juventus man scored 13 goals for Los Che last season and chipped in with five assists also. After a disastrous spell with West Ham United, Zaza was hurried out the door of the London based club. After joining Valencia, initially on loan, he has since proved his worth once again.
One of the contributing reasons behind the speculation linking Zaza with the exit door at the Mestalla is that Valencia are looking to accumulate €45 million worth of player sales this summer. With the signing of Geoffrey Kondogbia and the impending signing of Goncalo Guedes, there is a need to raise funds. The sale of Joao Cancelo to Juventus is expected to go through but due to financial constraints, Valencia are very restricted within the market.
The 26 year old striker had his own say on the matter recently. After scoring Italy only goal in their 1-1 draw with the Netherlands at the start of the month in what was considered a match between the two best teams not at the World Cup.
“I do not understand why I have to leave … You (journalists) are always speaking about my exit from Valencia, but I have always said that I want to stay. I get along with everyone and I live very happily here … I have not talked to the club about my future, they have not been in contact with me.”
It remains to be seen whether the Italian will remain with Los Che over the summer. They have already been linked with replacements for the 26 year old including Atletico Madrid want-away Kevin Gameiro; with whom they have already agreed contract details.