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Asamoah Gyan set for China after four successful years with Al Ain

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captain has announced he is set to leave UAE side Al Ain for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG in a deal that would make him the highest-paid African player in the world.

The 29-year-old striker spent fours with Al Ain after leaving Sunderland, scoring a staggering 95 goals in 83 top appearances.

Gyan is expected to arrive in China on Wednesday, the 8th of July to finalise the deal as he bid farewell to his employers.

Shanghai SIPC are being handled by former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and have aimed at strengthening his squad with the acquisition of Gyan.

Gyan, who has won three domestic titles with Al Ain, is reported to have been offered a £227,000-per-week salary, which would make him the highest-paid African player in the world – just over Yaya Toure (reportedly £210,000-a-week at Manchester City) – and among the world’s top 10 highest earning players.

With much emotions, the Ghana captain said: “I am lost for words,” as quoted on his official website.

“This club (Al Ain) will always have a special place in my heart no matter what happens in future.”

Gyan emerged the top scorer of the Arabian Gulf League for three times in his four-year stay with Al Ain.

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