The departure of Anthony Modeste from 1. FC Köln has been expected for some time now. It was first revealed that Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian wanted the Frenchman back in January, but the Germans were unwilling to sell due to his importance as Cologne challenged for a place in the Europa League.
Now, it looks as though he may get his move.
Representatives of Köln, including sporting director Jörg Schmadtke met with Modeste at his holiday home on Saturday to discuss his future, whilst they also revealed they turned down an initial €30 million offer.
On Monday night, Bild reported that Tianjin Quanjian and Köln had reached an agreement of €35 million – whilst Modeste is already said to have agreed personal terms with the Chinese club, earning €10 million net.
Although the deal is yet to be finalised and made official, we expect this one to move rather quickly once the transfer window in China opens – for two weeks.
However, expect Cologne to make another attempt at trying to persuade Modeste to stay in Germany, having helped them qualify for the Europa League.