The rise of football in China has been phenomenal to say the least and the Asian giant is looking to attract a host of stars from the European leagues to give Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka company. Guangzhou Evergrande, the Chinese Super League club bankrolled by a wealthy billionaire, are reportedly in the market for Real Madrid’s Kaka and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. While there is more than a hint of fantasy in the transfer links, Sportsmediaset.it report that the club are prepared to offer an astronomical annual wage packet of €18m for both the stars. The club are currently being trained by the legendary Marcello Lippi while Aiyegbeni Yakubu is also rumoured to be headed east.
Rooney and his representatives are unlikely to take the offer too seriously, but the 30 year old Kaka might be tempted by the offer considering his career is going nowhere at Real Madrid. The Brazilian was one of the biggest names in world football less than five years ago but a series of injuries and a drastic drop in form has seen him fall from the spotlight. Madrid will make a huge loss if they do decide to sell the attacker as they spent a whopping €65m to sign him from AC Milan, although they will recoup over one-third of the fee as Guangzhou are prepared to pay a transfer fee of €25m.