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Chinese Super League club offers record-breaking contract for Claudio Ranieri

The latest top European name to be linked with a Chinese club is Claudio Ranieri, as Jiangsu Suning have reportedly made an approach for the ex-Leicester boss.

If a deal comes through, the Italian tactician, who was sacked by Leicester nine months after winning the Premier League, will be one of the best-paid managers in the world.

Former Chelsea and Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas currently earns an incredible £11 million a year after tax with Shanghai SIPG.

The amount is more than four times what Ranieri was taking home before getting axed at the King Power Stadium in February.

Jiangsu are an established part of China’s football elite after attracting players from Europe with lucrative deals.

They first stunned everyone back in January 2016 when splashing £25m on Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires.

A few days later they completed an even more astonishing feat by completing a £42.5m transfer for Shakhtar Donetsk star Alex Teixeira.

However, Jiangsu are currently at the bottom of the Chinese Super League with 3 points from 7 matches, and the club’s board is trying to push the deal through as soon as possible.

Ranieri’s agent, Steve Kutner, confirmed earlier this month there are ‘numerous offers’ for his client to consider over the coming months.