Report: Asamoah Gyan set to earn Sunderland £2.8 million by moving to China

The Ghanian star has been prolific at Al-Ain, and is now set to become one of the highest paid players in the world by joining Shanghai SIPG.

Ex Sunderland star Asamoah Gyan may be about to become one of the best paid players in the world, as the Mirror report him as being on the cusp of a switch to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.

And what's more, it could end up netting his old English side a pretty healthy transfer percentage. The Sunderland Echo are suggesting they could make as much as 20% of whatever the transfer fee is to take Gyan to China, reported to be around £14 million. That's a very handsome £2.8 million.

The striker made a decent start to life in the Premier League when he moved to the Black Cats from Rennes in 2010, just a few months an impressive World Cup.

But Gyan was only to stay at the Stadium of Light for one season, heading to Al-Ain in the UAE in 2011, initially on loan, where he has consistently shone, being top scorer in the division in three of his four years in the country.

A transfer to Shanghai, where former England boss Sven-Goran Ericsson is manager, would see him picking up a whopping £227,000 a week according to the Mirror

That wage will put him above some of the best players in the world, such as Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez, the man who famously denied him in the World Cup quarter final in South Africa.

Quite whether Gyan is worth such an amount is of course debatable, but if he continues with his prolific form in China, it is hard to argue that he will deserve it, with many top players moving there in recent years only to fail to impose their quality in the division as much as they would have expected to.

And Sunderland fans won't care what he's earning in Asia if he helps bring such a sizeable wedge of money back to North-East England via the previously negotiated sell-on fee.

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