Maccabi Tel Aviv Forward Zahavi Signs Record Deal With Chinese Team

Zahavi, who led Maccabi to three consecutive Israeli league titles between 2012 and 2015, will transfer for a record fee of $8 million.

Tel Aviv's midfielder Eran Zahavi celebrates with Gal Alberman after scoring second goal during UEFA Champions League playoff against FC Basel, Basel, Germany, Aug. 19, 2015.
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REUTERS — Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Eran Zahavi signed a deal with Chinese side Guangzhou for an Israeli record transfer fee of $8 million on Wednesday, Maccabi said.

Including personal terms, Zahavi's 30-month contract with Guangzhou was worth $12.5 million, a Maccabi official said.

Zahavi, 28, who is also the national team captain, led Maccabi to three consecutive Israeli league titles between 2012 and 2015 and this season broke the individual league scoring record that had stood for 61 years.

Despite Maccabi finishing as runners-up to Hapoel Be'er Sheva this season, it was Zahavi's most prolific campaign and he scored 35 goals in 36 league fixtures.

In his previous two full seasons for Maccabi, he scored 29 and 28 goals respectively. The old individual scoring record of 30 goals was set in 1954-55.