Beijing Guoan, a Chinese Super League football team, is preparing a record-breaking £2 billion for Argentinian superstar Lionel Messi.
The Chinese club, which is backed by a secretive billionaire Chinese business tycoon, is currently in talks with the Barcelona board having had a number of previous bids ranging from £500 million to £1.8 billion rejected.
Sources said that a deal is unlikely to happen before the Chinese transfer window shuts on February 28. but the groundwork is being laid for a summer move.
Though the talks are in their formative stages, Messi is understood to have been offered a contract worth a staggering £10 million pounds a day. If Messi played every minute of every game in the Chinese season this would translate to £107,000 for every second played.
The transfer fee and wage would smash existing records and demonstrate the growing pulling power that Chinese clubs have.
Chinese clubs have also held talks with England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, ESPN reported.
Tianjin Quanjian boss Fabio Cannavaro confirmed his club did hold talks over Wayne Rooney but said there are no plans to pursue a deal because he does not suit their style of play.
Manchester United captain Rooney, 31, has been strongly linked with a move to an unnamed Chinese Super League club in the British media and it has been reported in some newspapers that a transfer could be completed before the deadline on Feb. 28.