Sunderland could be in line for a windfall if former striker Asamoah Gyan completes a big money move to China.
The Black Cats just managed to make back their £12million investment in Gyan when they sold him to Middle Eastern outfit Al-Ain three years ago after the Ghanaian striker had enjoyed a season-long loan spell with the club.
Despite Sunderland spending big to bring him to the Premier League, Gyan hankered after a £6million-a-year deal in the UAE and the Black Cats opted to cut their losses on the frontman.
Gyan has remained at Al-Ain ever since, but there has been speculation this week that the 29-year-old is on the verge of joining Chinese side Shanghai SIPG in a £14m deal.
Reports in the Middle East have also indicated that there is a sell-on clause due to Sunderland in Gyan’s contract with Al-Ain, which could see the Black Cats net as much as 20 per cent of any transfer fee.
Shanghai boss and former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson refused to be drawn on the Gyan speculation before today’s match against Guangzhou R&F.
“I will not comment on Gyan today because my focus is on the game and this press conference is not the appropriate place to discuss it,” he said.
However, reports in the Chinese press suggest Gyan could undergo a medical in Shanghai this week, before penning a big-money contract.