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Santos' Lucas Lima weighs offer in Chinese League

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Lucas Lima said he wouldn't rule out playing in China.

Brazil midfielder Lucas Lima is currently negotiating a new deal with Brazilian club Santos, but has not ruled out a move to either the Chinese League or Europe, according to his agent Wagner Ribeiro.

Lima is in Brazil's squad for the World Cup qualifying matches on Oct. 6 and 11 against Bolivia and Venezuela. 

"[Santos] is my home, I have friends here. There's a chance [of going to China], but I will analyse it. I believe that if I renew, there will be an exit clause that is good for both sides," the player told the Brazilian media.

Lima said that he was initially reluctant to consider the Chinese League for fear it would hurt his chances on the Selecao, but said he was encouraged by the call-ups of Renato Augusto, Gil and Paulinho, all of whom are playing there.

"There is a chance I would play [in China], but I would have to study it more," Lima said. "He [Wagner Ribeiro] hasn't passed along any actual offers so I am putting it aside for right now. I am having a great moment with the Selecao, so I haven't even asked about it. It is more him and my dad [looking into it]. I would never just say no. 

"I would have to see everything on paper. I am very happy here and there is also the possibility [of playing in Europe]. Every player dreams about that. But now I am enjoying my moment with the national team."

Santos are currently in fourth place in the Brazilian League table and could qualify for next year's Copa Libertadores now that Brazil have been awarded two extra spots for the 2017 competition. Since the exit of Gabriel Barbosa from Santos to Inter Milan, Lima's has played a more prominent role for the Brazil club.

His current deal with Santos runs until December of 2017, but he has reportedly eschewed an offer of $5 million per year in China in favor of assuring contract renewal, Ribeiro said. 

Lima is reportedly seeking a deal through 2020 with an exit clause of $15m that would allow him to consider offers in Europe or China should they come up. 

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