Ezequiel Lavezzi's China move imminent, confirms PSG boss Laurent Blanc

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed Ezequiel Lavezzi is on the verge of leaving the club for China, according to Sky Sports.

Blanc revealed the Argentine did not travel with the squad to Marseille last weekend so he could arrange the completion of his move to Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

Following the Ligue 1 leaders’ 2-1 victory at the Stade Velodrome, the PSG boss told reporters: "He prepared to come here to Marseille and then at the last minute he stayed in Paris to negotiate his departure.


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"We already anticipated it a bit because we opened the door for Pocho in the winter transfer window, something that he didn't take advantage of.

"The club is discussing it with Pocho's people. We'll have to think about it, given that if we lose one player we won't be able to replace him."

Lavezzi, whose current deal is set to expire in the summer, has been heavily linked with a move to China despite reported interest from the likes of Inter Milan and longstanding admirers Chelsea.

The 30-year-old looks set to become the latest high-profile arrival in the Chinese Super League after Ramires, Jackson Martinez, Alex Teixeira and Fredy Guarin elected to trade European football in favour of a lucrative move to the east.

Having signed for approximately £24.1 million from Napoli in 2012, Lavezzi has enjoyed a successful spell with PSG, winning the domestic league title in every season since his arrival.

The veteran winger, scorer of 33 goals in 163 appearances for the French outfit, has played little part in the Parisians’ stunning 16-match winning streak in all competitions and is likely growing frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities.

He's seen his minutes on the pitch dry up following the arrival of Angel di Maria from Manchester United in August last year and is showing no signs of displacing his compatriot.

Lavezzi is still a member of the Argentina national side, though he may need to secure regular football elsewhere if he is to help his country qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

The former San Lorenzo winger could still do a job at the highest level in Europe, but the lure of China's cashed-strapped top-flight is proving an attractive option even for players not yet in the twilight of their career.

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