China’s Guangzhou Evergrande signs Elkeson

Chinese Super League champion Guangzhou Evergrande says it has

signed Brazilian midfielder Elkeson for four years at a transfer

fee of 5.7 million euros ($7.5 million).

The 23-year-old previously played for Rio de Janeiro club

Botafogo.

The Chinese club said in a statement on its website Monday that

Elkeson will arrive in Guangzhou in the first week of January. It

says that having Elkeson will strengthen the team’s midfield attack

and improve its offensive capabilities.

Earlier this year, the big-spending club brought in coach

Marcello Lippi, who took Italy to the 2006 World Cup title, and

signed Paraguay striker Lucas Barrios.

Guangzhou is owned by Xu Jiayin, a Chinese billionaire who has

made his fortune in real estate and renamed the club after his

company when he bought the team.