Changchun Yatai reportedly set to sign striker Erik Expósito

 

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After an impressive 2021 season, Changchun Yatai needs to continue to bolster their squad to prevent a slump in 2022. According to reports in Poland, the club may have already secured their first signing of the winter transfer window.

Erik Expósito Heading to Changchun?

According to Meczyki, Changchun Yatai are in the final stages of securing the signing of Spanish striker Erik Expósito from Polish Exstraklasa side Śląsk Wrocław for a fee believed to be in the region of €3 million.

The 25-year-old has had a fruitful spell with Wroclaw since joining the side in the 2019/20 season, featuring in 87 total matches and being a frequent goal scorer and contributor in the final third, with 27 goals and 13 assists since moving to Poland.

The Santa Cruz, Tenerife native began his career with Málaga, making a single league appearance for their B team before a move to UD Las Palmas, where he scored 29 goals in 54 league appearances for their B side - earning himself 11 appearances in La Liga, scoring a goal, between 2017 and 2018.

After three consistent seasons in Poland, where he was a regular feature for Wroclaw and scored at least eight goals in each season (nine in his past two consecutive), it appears he is now keen on a new adventure in the middle kingdom.

Expósito reportedly had suitors both across Europe as well as in the MLS, but Changchun Yatai, who are set to compete in the AFC Champions League playoff in April and are looking to build on their fourth-place finish in the Chinese Super League last season, appear to have presented him with the best opportunity.

Changchun currently has attacking options in the form of last season's top goal scorer Júnior Negrão as well as fellow Brazilian Erik Lima, but the former's age will certainly be in the back of the mind of manager Chen Yang, with Negrão already 35 years old.

Having additional options upfront, potentially partnering with the veteran Brazilian, could give Changchun Yatai more versatility and allow them to maintain a scoring threat if Negrão suffers injury or requires rest - something seen at times towards the end of the 2021 campaign.

If the signing goes ahead, Expósito could be a savvy addition by Chen Yang, who has shown a willingness to bring in players from a variety of sources and so far has been successful in charge of the club in his 18-month tenure.

Plenty of movement is expected from Changchun Yatai this off-season, especially with the prospect of qualifying for the AFC Champions League group stages and the need to improve the strength of the team's central midfield options, so there should be plenty more news in the coming weeks.

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