Transfer rumor roundup: Cisse to China, Paulista to Arsenal official?

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Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse could be moving clubs in the near future after reportedly receiving an astronomical offer from Chinese side Shanghai SIGP. The Independent is reporting that Shanghai, who is coached by former England-boss Sven Goran Eriksson, is set to offer the Senegalese striker a contract worth over $30 million. Cisse would earn about $220,000 per week in Shanghai, putting his contract on the level of the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. Considering this would increase Cisse’ pay from Newcastle five-fold, keep an eye out for more info on this possible move.

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Arsenal has been chasing Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, and it seems the deal is nearly complete. The 24-year-old center-back was left out of Villarreal’s side this weekend, leading many to believe he is on his way out of Spain. Arsene Wenger has talked openly about his willingness to pay the big bucks to shore up his defense, and reports speculate Joel Campbell will be going on loan to Villarreal to help finalize the deal. Campbell has made only four league appearances for the Gunners this year after three loan spells over the past three seasons.

Goal.com is reporting that Chelsea have reached a deal to send Mohamed Salah to Roma on a loan until the end of next season. Salah has been penned for a move away from Stamford Bridge for some time now, despite Jose Mourinho’s unwillingness to comment on his plans for the midfielder. Only 22-years-old, the Egyptian international has struggled to find minutes for Chelsea after coming to London from Swiss-side Basel last January. Roma will reportedly have the option to make the loan permanent at any time during Salah’s tenure in Italy.

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It looks like Real Madrid has no plans of slowing down, as reports out of Spain have Marco Reus headed for a move to the Bernanbeu in the summer. Manchester United and Chelsea have been keen to bring the German midfielder to the Premier League, but reports say he has verbally committed to a Madrid move after the season. Carlo Ancelotti has received detailed medical reports on the midfielder and the club is willing to pay $30 million for the German.