CONFIRMED: Graziano Pelle leaves Southampton to join Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng

11 Jul

Southampton have confirmed the sale of striker Graziano Pelle to Shandong Luneng.


The fee has not been disclosed for the 30-year-old, who had a year left on his contract at St Mary’s, but is understood to be around £13million.

Pelle, fresh from helping Italy reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Chinese Super League club which could be worth as much as £250k per week.

Having joined Southampton for £8m from Feyenoord back in July 2014, he leaves having scored an impressive 23 goals in 68 Premier League appearances for the south coast club.

Pelle will link up with former Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse at Shandong Luneng.

Cisse, 31, joined the club, who are managed by former Bayern Munich and Fulham boss Felix Magath, in a £2.5m deal earlier this month.

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