Money has corrupted yet another talented footballer.
Yannick Carrasco is set to swap Atletico Madrid for Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour in the Spanish capital after a falling out with manager Diego Simeone.
Carrasco was left out of the 19-man squad for Atletico’s Europa League second leg against FC Copenhagen on Thursday night.
The arrivals of Vitolo and Diego Costa have pushed the ex-Monaco forward down the pecking order with the club now willing to let him go.
And, rather depressingly, newly promoted Dalian Yifang are favourites to land the Belgium international.
As you would expect, Carrasco will earn a considerable pay rise with a move east.
He’s set to earn £8.8million a year if the deal goes through.
Dalian Yifang are targeting a double swoop, with Fernando Torres also on their radar.
El Nino fits the mould of Chinese Super League import; 33-years-old, past his prime.
But Carrasco is still yet to reach his peak and will surely sure do his career damage with a move to a considerably lower standard at this stage.
Axel Witsel, Oscar, Ezequiel Lavezzi and others have all faded into obscurity and slipped out of favour with their national managers following moves to China in their 20s.
Paulinho is the notable exception of course.
The Brazilian midfielder earned himself a move from Guangzhou Evergrande to Barcelona last summer.
We wish Yannick all the best but hope to see him in a competitive league again before long.