Villarreal boss Javi Calleja has announced that Cedric Bakambu will leave the club this month, whilst a reported bid has been made to Espanyol for Gerard Moreno.
The Congolese striker has been in superb form this season, netting an impressive 14 goals in all competitions but the Yellow Submarine have been helpless in their desire to keep hold of him past interest from China.
Bakambu’s links to China follow that of Maxi Gomez, who was on the verge of leaving Celta Vigo before the winter break.
And, after negotiations over the weekend, it now seems a €40m move to Beijing Guoan is set to be completed.
“The deal for Cedric is finished and I expect it to be announced in the next few hours,” Calleja told a press conference on Wednesday.
“There is a clause in his deal which has been activated and whilst we did not wish to sell, we were powerless to stop the deal going through.
“Now we have to look for alternatives in the market.”
Bakambu, who has netted 48 goals for Villarreal since 2015 is now expected to be replaced by Espanyol’s Moreno as Calleja’s options in attack would be youngster Daniel Raba and loanee Carlos Bacca.
Mundo Deportivo claim that the Catalan club have received an offer from their La Liga counterparts, whilst interest from the Premier League is also heard.
The 25-year-old striker joined Espanyol in 2015 from Villarreal, who still own 50% of the players ‘ownership’ rights.
Moreno, who has a contract until 2020 has a release clause of €40m release clause, which is due to be increased at the end of the season.