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FRENCH-BORN Congolese striker Cedric Bakambu was officially presented by Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan on Thursday, capping a weeks-long transfer saga following his departure from Spain’s Villarreal.

The 26-year-old player had announced his move away from Spain in mid-January but the Beijing club delayed an official announcement, even after posting a photo of him training with the team in Portugal.

His reported 40-million-euro ($49 million) move appeared to have been complicated by the Chinese Football Association’s decision last year to impose a new 100 percent transfer tax on deals worth over 45 million yuan ($7 million).

Reports suggested the move was structured to dodge the transfer tax. The CFA warned last month that teams evading the levy would face crippling point deductions under new measures aimed at plugging loopholes in the restrictions.

The levy was imposed as the CFA worries about an influx of well-paid foreigners following record-shattering signings in recent years.

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