Marca says Ronaldinho's brother and agent, Roberto de Assis, met last week with a representative of the Chinese club in Spain. Assis left the meeting without rejecting the Chinese club's approach, which included a salary far greater that what Ronie is currently on at Barca.

Beijing Guoan would have no problem handing Ronaldinho a staggering £8 million-a-year to play in the C-League and also is chasing Diego Maradona to be his coach next season.