Exclusive: Gabi subject to mega offer from China

Atlético captain offered big contract by unnamed Chinese Super League side


Atlético Madrid captain Gabi has received a substantial offer to go and play in China, AtléticoFans understands.

A source close to the site has told us that the 33 year-old is considering his options after the bid came in from an unnamed Chinese Super League club.

Should a transfer materialise, it would be Atleti’s second high profile sale to the CSL in just over a year after Jackson Martínez’s €42m move to Guangzhou Evergrande last February.

Some fans may be quick to write off the rumours, but we’ve been told that the rojiblanco skipper has yet to say yes or no to the offer.

In the midst of a Champions League campaign and with a transfer ban and new stadium to come in the summer, any key outgoings would be a huge blow for the club.

At 33, Gabi is still playing with the energy and enthusiasm of a player ten years his junior and is adored at the Calderón, but we’ve seen in the past that money talks.

He renewed his contract in October and has shown commitment to the club in the past, and whilst we would like to think he’ll stay loyal, this could be one to keep an eye on.

What do you make of the rumours? How would Atlético cope without Gabi?

  • starvs

    I love Gabi. He is our captain, our fearless leader. An example to all Rojiblancos everywhere. I would love to see him retire at Atleti, he deserves that.

    That being said, Atleti faces economic realities that cannot be discounted. If we can recoup any sizeable fee on a 33 year old, it has be seriously considered. And if he wants to cash in on one last (huge) pay day before his career is over, hardly can fault him for that. Could be a win for everyone really. Also consider that we have more cover for his position than any other probably (we have Augusto coming back, and Thomas getting hardly any minutes, Kranevitter [albeit apparently disappointing at Sevilla] on loan).

    I’d be sad to see him go, but may make sense for all involved.

  • Hannu

    I dont think either Thomas or Kranevitter can replace Gabi right now. Augusto could but dont know if we can trust that he dont get injured. Anyway dont think that we should sell or he should go but we should get replacement for him and that could be Camacho.

  • AndersAT

    I have to agree, Gabi is barely holding our midfield together right now. If he were to leave we need an accomplished replacement.