Bakambu becomes most expensive African footballer

Democratic Republic of Congo striker, Cedric Bakambu, has become the most expensive African footballer, following his £65million move to Chinese Super League club, Beijing Guoan, from Villarreal.

The transfer beat the £56m Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last January.

Although Beijing Gouan met Bakambu’s release clause weeks ago, the deal has only just been completed after they were forced to pay a super tax to Chinese authorities.

Rules state that clubs must pay 100% tax on new signings, but Beijing Guoan managed to negotiate a discount which saved them £5m.

They had argued that meeting Bakambu’s release clause technically made him a free agent and therefore no tax payment was required.

Bakambu scored 46 times in 101 appearances for Villarreal and was LaLiga Player of the Month for October 2017.