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Premier League ace offered staggering €40m over two-year contract to move to China

Southampton and Italy striker Graziano Pelle has reportedly been offered a highly lucrative contract to move to China next season.

The Saints star performed well at Euro 2016 this summer, playing an important role for Antonio Conte’s side in their run to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

However, it doesn’t appear as though his future lies in England, as according to La Gazzetta dello Sport he’s set to agree to terms with Shandong Luneng.

Pelle will turn 31 on Friday, but that hasn’t prevented the Chinese club from offering a two-and-a-half year deal that will earn him around €38m.

Gazzetta add that the striker has in fact already signed a deal until 2018 and that the yearly wage will be around €15m as he looks set to leave Europe behind.

It comes after he scored two goals at the European Championship, but tainted his tournament with a penalty miss in the defeat to Germany in the quarter-finals.

While it’s difficult to argue against him taking the opportunity given the money involved, he will undoubtedly have considered the fact that it will make it a lot more difficult for him to keep his place in the national team under new coach Giampiero Ventura moving forward.

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