It was reported in French newspaper Lequipe that Anthony Modeste is about to terminate his own contract following the departure of Axel Witsel in order to secure a move to Ruissian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
The French striker scored 7 goals in 8 games last season, but this time around has found popping the ball in the back of the net more difficult. His goal tally so far stands at 4 goals in 12 appearances.
Highly regarded before moving to China
Modeste came to prominence mainly during his time playing in the Bundesliga, first with Hoffenheim where he scored 19 goals in 55 games, but after his transfer to FC Koln things got even better.
Playing 68 games for Koln in all competitions, he managed to find the back of the net on 40 occasions. That kind of scoring record is exactly what makes other clubs pay attention, West Ham and Beijing Guoan were credited with having major interest in signing him but he chose to stay in Germany because of the excellent healthcare that his son needed.
Moving to China
The transfer to China wasn’t a straightforward one as the two clubs seemed to be haggling a lot in the negotiations over the conditions involved with the transfer. Tianjin Quanjin were the Chinese Super League club interested this time.
Eventually Tianjin Quanjin did manage to finalise a deal with Koln to bring Modeste to the Chinese Super League, originally it was a two year loan deal with 6 million Euros being paid to Koln for the loan move, but there was an option for Tianjin Quanjin to buy him for 29 million Euros which is an offer they accepted.
Next stop, Lokomotiv Moscow
As far as things stand Modeste looks destined to turn up and sign for Lokomotiv Moscow, to do this he is seemingly going to terminate his own contract. Tianjin Quanjin have just lost Witsel, and now they are on the verge of losing Modeste too.
As they are still in contention for the Asian Champions League losing two of their foreign contingent without being able to replace them will be a huge blow for their ACL aspirations. Maybe some Chinese attacking players will grasp their opportunity to play regularly instead of being shunned for foreign attacking talent.
If Tianjin Quanjin lose Modeste it is highly unlikely they’ll be able to win the Asian Champions League with weaker attacking options. First Witsel, then Modeste does that mean Pato would be the next foreign player out the door too? Troubling times for Tianjin Quanjin.