The Chronicle has a good piece out today that helps to clear up some of the mystery surrounding what exactly is happening to Cheick Tiote’s potential move to Shanghai Shenhua.
It seems a bit strange that wages were the issue – since players move to China for the big money they can get near the end of their careers.
The Chronicle is reporting that wages are not the problem and they were agreed as part of a three year deal last week – and that makes sense.
Cheick Tiote – in Majorca, Spain
And Cheick is not even in China but he’s in Majorca, Spain (picky, picky), where the club’s senior officials are expected there tomorrow to make some final decisions on transfers.
The Shenhua squad has been training in Majorca while various transfer deals are being worked on – and Tiote’s is one of them.
The hold-up seems to be the 55 year-old French head coach Francis Gillot and his staff are considering other players they may want to recruit, which is presumably why there is a delay in the potential Tiote deal being completed.
And it could even be procedural reasons for the delay – maybe they are waiting for the higher ups to OK the deal when they arrive in Majorca tomorrow?
Francis Gillot has managed at Lens, Sochaux and Bordeaux before being appointed the head coach of Shanghai Shenhua in December 2014.
It’s seems likely the deal for Tiote could still be completed this week.