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Guangzhou on verge of record-breaking $20 million Lucas Barrios deal

Guangzhou Evergrande are about to make a stunning $20 million  swoop for Bourussia Dortmund’s Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios, according to Chinese reports.

Sina sports claims both the transfer fee and salary for the 27-year-old will surpass the record-breaking sums Guangzhou paid for Dario Conca last summer – he was  signed for a fee $10 million from Fluminese in a blockbuster deal worth $7 million a year to the Argentinian playmaker.

The Cantonese club’s interest in the Chilean international has been public for at least several weeks, with EPL side Fulham also among his suitors.

However Sina today quoted a high-level official inside Evergrande as saying the deal is basically agreed, with 30% of the fee being paid upfront and the remaining 70% by January 1 next year.  However, the official did not rule out the possibility of Barrios joining in the summer transfer window rather than in time for the start of the Chinese Super League and Asian Champions League.

Barrios, who is Argentinian by birth by plays for Paraguay on account of his mother being born there, scored 35 goals in 76 appearances for Dortmund since joining in 2009. In terms of significance, the signing of Barrios would be a bigger coup than Conca, as he is a player who is in his prime and successful at a top European club.

Martin Kuroczik, a German football fan living in Shanghai and a keen observer of the Bundesliga, said “Barrios is a victim of the youth cult in the German league and the desire to play more homegrown players – but he was outstanding last year, he is still young and is certainly not a one season guy.”

He said that Dortmund recently signed one of German football’s most up and coming talents, Marco Reus, from Borussia Moenchengladbach for around 17 to 18 million euros.

Kuroczik added, “Given that Dortmund were on the verge of going out of business in 2005, looking into the abyss, the signing of Reus was a bit surprising, maybe Barrios was the one that had to go to make way for some much needed cash.”

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football for over a decade...

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. ian3as

    25/02/2012 at 16:23

    I doubt that he leaves Dortmund now, because after Mohammend Zidane left them for Mainz this Winter, they would have only one real striker left. But that Barrios doesn’t wanna be the number 2 after Robert Lewandowski is pretty obvious, so a leave in Summer is to be anticipated.
    If Guangzhou really wants to pay $20 Million for him, Dortmund would probably accept that. If he also wants to go to China (after the Anelka-deal, the chance for that is much higher than last year, I think) there is a possibility for that.

  2. Jahn

    29/03/2012 at 09:11

    Just read, that the “Bild” (kinda the German “The Sun”, but they are usually right with their transfer rumors) has information, that Barrios will move to Guangzhou in summer.
    They said, that he signed a 4-years-contract and that Evergrande will pay about 12 million € for him.

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