China League One Rumors: Shenzhen FC Makes $28M Offer for Colombian Forward Miguel Borja
China League One squad Shenzhen FC has made a massive $28 million bid for Colombian forward Miguel Borja as the Chinese winter transfer window continues.
Borja, who just turned 24 late last month, is a striker for Categoría Primera A club Atlético Nacional and is considered as one of the best goalscorers in the Colombia top-flight right now. He played for three different teams in the past one-and-a-half seasons, suiting up for Independiente Santa Fe in the second half of 2015 before he was sold to Cortuluá in the first half of the 2016 season.
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The 6-foot Tierralta, Colombia native scored 10 goals in 33 appearances for Santa Fe. He then netted an amazing 19 goals in 21 games for Cortuluá the following season, breaking the all-time goal-scoring record of now Guangzhou Evergrande striker Jackson Martinez for most goals scored by a player in a league tournament.
For Atlético Nacional, he has so far scored 17 times in 27 games in all competitions as he led Los Verdolagas to last year's Copa Libertadores title, South America's top continental club tournament, as per Xinhuanet. Borja said to have initially turned down an undisclosed offer from an unnamed Chinese football club earlier this week and was reportedly set to reach an agreement with Brazilian Serie A champions Palmeiras, according to his agent, Ignacio Martan.
However, he was reportedly "tempted to change his mind" by the Youth Army's lucrative offer that would earn him $600,000 a month, CCTV English reported. Shenzhen finished ninth in the Chinese second-division league last season and is attempting to qualify for the Chinese Super League next year. The team is now being coached by former Manchester City and England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who was sacked as Shanghai SIPG boss last November.
Eriksson replaced former Milan coach and player Clarence Seedorf as Shenzhen manager in December. Borja would join Shenzhen's current imports Aboubakar Oumarou of Cameroon, Nigeria's Chinedu Obasi, and compatriot Harold Preciado should the deal be finalized.