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Nyasha Mushekwi may be leaving Dalian Yifang for Seattle Sounders.

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Nyasha Mushekwi (back, left) with the Mamelodi Sundowns back in 2013. He scored 5 goals in the 2012/13 season, leading the team.
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Dalian Yifang just paid for Levante star Emmanuel Boateng. The club in the Chinese Super League is now over the international limit and according to the Dalian Daily they are looking to loan out Zimbabwe forward Nyasha Mushekwi, reportedly to the Seattle Sounders. Seattle has taken advantage of Chinese clubs hitting their limit before, acquiring both Gustav Svensson and Kim Kee-hee without a transfer fee and Svensson at a drastically discounted salary.

Mushekwi helped Dalian come out of League One into the Super League. He then lit up the Super League in his lone season in China’s top flight, scoring 15 goals and notching 4 assists in just 20 games. He missed time near the end of the season due to a hip injury.

His last season outside of China was 2015 with Allsvenskan side Djurgården. He led them in scoring with 12 goals, just ahead of American Sam Johnson who scored 10. With Zimbabwe he most recently started all three matches of the 2017 Africa Cup, scoring and assisting one time each. With Zimbabwe he has 17 total appearances with 6 goals stretching from 2009 to 2017.

Nyasha is a 6’2” forward who can also play on both wings. The 31-year-old is under contract through 2020 according to Transfermrkt.