Ezequiel Lavezzi to Hebei Fortune: Chelsea target becomes latest player to agree Chinese Super League move

The Paris Saint-Germain forward has agreed a two-year contract with Hebei Fortune

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Ezequiel Lavezzi has agreed a two-year contract with Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune, ending speculation linking him with Chelsea.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward’s contract with the Ligue 1 club is set to expire at the end of the season which led to his representatives holding talks with the defending Premier League champions, as well as Serie A sides Inter and Juventus.

Shanghai Shenhua, another Chinese Super League team, believed they had agreed a deal to sign the Argentina international on Tuesday, only for Hebei to steal the 30-year-old’s signature from under their noses.

Lavezzi, who will earn an estimated £23.5million after tax over the course of the two-year deal, is the latest European-based footballer to move to China.

He joins the likes of Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez, Ramires and new team-mate Gervinho as a new addition to Asia’s premier league competition.

A combined total of £100million was spent on the four aforementioned players by Chinese clubs in the last month.