Keita causes Barca surprise

Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita has caused some consternation at the club after being spotted in China.

A report in Mundo Deportivo claims the Mali international is supposedly involved in negotiations with Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin over a two-year deal that will pay him €14m-a-year, although   his contract with the Catalans does not expire until June 2014.

Keita is believed to have a series of clauses in his agreement at the Camp Nou – so far unexplained – allowing him to speak to other clubs from June 30 2012, and Dalian Aerbin have asked him to give them an answer by July 12.

The Chinese club is based in Liaoning province and was only formed in 2009 by the Dalian Aerbin Group Co. Ltd, and play in the 30,000-capacity Jinzhou Stadium despite having started life at the bottom of the football pyramid in the third tier.

However, two successive title wins saw them gain entry into the top flight for the 2012 League campaign that began last March.

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