The Chinese league seems to be the new home for professional footballers as Italian side AS Roma today officially confirmed the sale of Ivorian winger Gervinho to Super League side, Hebei China Fortune for €18m.
The former Arsenal star spent two-and-a-half years with the Serie A, making a total of 88 appearances with 26 goals goals to his credit but has been consistently linked with a move away from Rome.
A statement from AS Roma read: “AS Roma can today confirm that forward Gervinho has joined Hebei China Fortune FC.
“The 28-year-old Ivorian has signed for the Chinese side on a permanent deal for a fee of €18 million after two and a half seasons with AS Roma.
“An additional €1 million could be paid depending on the Chinese club’s and the player’s performances.
“Gervinho moved to the Italian capital in the summer of 2013 from Arsenal, making his competitive debut for the Giallorossi on 25 August in the 2-0 win at Livorno.
“He opened his goalscoring account for the club with the second goal in a 2-0 win at Sampdoria in the league on 25 September 2013.
“During his time in Rome, the Côte d’Ivoire international made 88 appearances in all competitions, scoring 26 times. Gervinho hit seven goals in 17 matches this term.
“His last appearance for Roma came in the 1-1 home draw against AC Milan in Serie A on 9 January 2016.”
Earlier today Chelsea also announced the move of midfielder Ramires to the Chinese Super League and if the Asian authorities can have their way, they will sign long time target Wayne Rooney.