Cedric Bakambu has become the most expensive African player after joining Chinese Super League side, Beijing Guoan for £65m from Villarreal.
The DR Congo international penned a four-year deal with the CSL team and was presented as a Guoan player at a media conference on Friday.
— Beijing Sinobo Guoan (@FCBeijingGuoan) March 1, 2018
Bakambu’s fee eclipsed that which Arsenal paid for the services of Gabon star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January after his release clause worth $50m was activated.
The forward would be hoping to add more attacking bite to Roger Schmidt’s side that finished ninth in the Chinese top flight last season.
Before his unveiling, Bakambu had commenced training with his new team-mates in Portugal with the Imperial Guards releasing his photos in training.
He joined Villarreal in 2015 from Turkish side Bursaspor, where he had scored 21 goals in his sole season with the club.
The former France youth international scored 46 times for the Yellow Submarine and remains the only African ever to receive La Liga’s Player of the Month award.