Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez has joined Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande in a stunning €42 million deal. The Colombian international has struggled to make an impact at the Vicente Calderon since joining the club from Porto last summer, and could be about to make a premature exit after scoring just two goals in 15 La Liga appearances.
The 29-year-old becomes the latest big name to move to China after the likes of Ramires, Fredy Guarin and Gervinho swapped Europe for Asia in January. The former Porto striker now will be managed by former Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has been in charge of the club since June.
Martinez did not attend training on Monday due to "personal reasons with permission of the club," according to a report in Madrid outlet AS, while his agent Jorge Mendes began negotiations with Atletico that evening. China's transfer window remains open until Feb. 26, and with clubs both big and small splashing the cash, there could be more big-money deals to come.