Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi completes record transfer to Chinese club

Eran Zahavi completed his record move to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F on Wednesday, bringing to an end the protracted transfer saga and leaving behind a massive void Maccabi Tel Aviv will struggle to fill.

Maccabi will receive $8 million for Zahavi, the most lucrative transfer ever involving an Israeli club. The 28-year-old will earn an estimated $12.5 million over the next two-and-a-half years, as well as a $20,000 bonus for each goal he scores.

Zahavi’s move to Guangzhou, which is currently in 11th place out of 16 teams after 15 matches, looked to be all but complete two weeks ago when the clubs agreed on the transfer fee.


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