The Chinese Super League has already caused quite a stir in what was an otherwise pretty quiet European transfer window but according to reports in France, Ezequiel Lavezzi could be the latest player lured to the Far East.
French newspaper, L’equipe have reported that Lavezzi has agreed a €10 million-a-year deal with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua and although Paris St Germain have not agreed, the 30-year-old was a surprise omission from the squad that travelled to Marseille for one of the biggest clashes in French football. This has only fuelled the rumour that the Argentina international is set to join the growing list of big names to join the Chinese football revolution.
Lavezzi joined PSG from Napoli for €30million in the summer of 2012 but after the arrival of compatriot Ángel Di María this season, Pocho has found playing time harder to come by. With his contract at the Parc des Princes running down, talk of a return to Italy with Inter Milan, or a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool, had been touted.
After making 163 appearances for Paris St Germain, Lavezzi’s time almost certainly appears over but any of the other potential transfers listed would at least see the 30-year-old still playing at the top level. While a switch to China, will prove the most lucrative, could it spell the end for Lavezzi’s Argentina career?
Lavezzi was in Gerardo Martino’s most recent Argentina squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Colombia but with competition coming from younger players like Paulo Dybala and Ángel Correa, it is difficult to imagine Pocho holding down a place whilst playing for Shanghai. 2016 is a big year for the national team with further qualifiers and the Copa América in the United States. If Lavezzi does make the proposed switch, he may just be calling time on his international career.