Ezequiel Lavezzi signs for Hebei Fortune instead of Shanghai Shenhua

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Chelsea target Ezequiel has agreed a two year salary with Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune worth £23.5million after tax.

The 30-year-old Paris St Germain forward was due to be out of contract at the end of the season and his agents had held talks with Chelsea, Inter Milan and Juventus while Chinese side thought they had agreed a deal to sign the Argentine on Tuesday.

Lavezzi will earn £10.2million in his first season with Hebei, who also signed Gervinho from Roma, and his salary will be increased for the second year.

Lavezzi, is among the recent import of big name stars to be lured to the lucrative Super League.

Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez, former Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Everton cult hero Tim Cahill among the stars to be tempted by the Far East.

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