Cédric Bakambu's move to Beijing Guoan is set to finally go through after Villarreal confirmed on Wednesday that the DR Congo striker's 37-million-euro buy-out clause has been paid by the Chinese Super League club.
"Villarreal CF confirms that Cédric Bakambu has terminated his contract and no longer belongs to the Yellow club," the LaLiga side said in a statement.
"The club would like to thank Cédric for his dedication and professionalism and wish him the best of luck in his football career."
Bakambu move to CSL in place since early January
Bakambu's departure for China had been announced by Villarreal coach Javi Calleja two weeks ago, shortly after the opening of the January transfer window.
Meanwhile, the player himself, who passed a medical and signed a contract with Beijing Guoan ten days ago, had also confirmed that he would be leaving the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Leaves Villarreal after successful three-year spell
Bakambu, 26, goes to the CSL having scored 45 goals in 105 appearances in his three years at Villarreal, who he joined for 7.5m euros from Turkish club Bursaspor.