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Brendan Rodgers a target for wealthy Chinese clubs

By Stuart McKinley

Brendan Rodgers has been offered the chance to return to football management with a big money offer from China.

The Carnlough man - who was sacked by Liverpool last year - is understood to have been a target for one of the Chinese Super League's top clubs, Beijing Guoan, before they appointed veteran Italian coach Alberto Zaccheroni last month.

Despite not taking up that offer, it is believed that there are other clubs in China who are interested in employing the 43-year-old.

It is thought that Rodgers, who has been heavily linked to replace under fire Steve McClaren at Newcastle United, is keen to have a longer break from the game, but the massive financial packages that are on offer in China could be hard for him to turn down.

The Chinese Super League has been making waves in the footballing world with numerous big name signings.

Chelsea's Ramires made the switch to Jiangsu Suning - who are managed by former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu - in January in a £21m deal, while his fellow Brazilian Alex Teixeira left Shakhtar Donetsk in a £38m deal to join the same club just as Liverpool were closing in on his signature.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is believed to be the subject of a £100m deal to take him to the Far East.

Ex-Brazil and Portugal manager Luiz Felipe Scolari and former England and Manchester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson are both among the big name managers already in China.

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