Private jet to fly just a single individual from Africa to China, may seem a preserve of presidents and royalties you might think.
But not any longer. These days, rare skills does it easy for those who possess it, more so in the field of sports.
And that is why, a Chinese club, Jiangsu Suning has spared no resource in mobilising a private jet to fly Ghana midfielder, Mubarak Wakaso from the West African country to the Asian country.
The skilled midfielder finally left Accra on Thursday to begin his career with Jiangsu Suning, and this is coming six months after he sealed what has been described as a bumper contract with the Chinese Super League side.
Before dispatching the private jet, the club had first to obtain a special permission from the Ghanaian authorities, reports Ghanaweb.
Wakaso departed Ghana shores yesterday following a special government dispensation amidst lockdown to international travels from the country from the onset of coronavirus.
A private jet can cost anywhere from $3 million (that is from about about N387m ) to up to $90 million., and this is including associated expenses like flight crew salaries costs of routine maintenance and unforeseen repairs, hangar rental, and aircraft insurance.
There are however options like patronizing private jet charter services, partial jet ownership, and membership of a private jet club.
Anyway, Wakaso joined Jiangsu Suning Suning in the winter transfer window from Spanish outfit Deportivo Alaves, a move that shocked many following his form in LaLiga this season.
The 29-year old signed a three deal with the club, but following the spread of coronavirus in the Asian country, the midfielder had to stay in Ghana for over six months.
Reports in China indicates a drastic fall in the number of cases, allowing the return of normal activities including contact sports.
The Chinese Super League is yet to resume, however clubs have been given the green light to begin training which forced the club to find alternative ways to bring in their Ghanaian superstar.
Jiangsu Suning finished last season in fourth place, and the signing of the Ghanaian is expected to boost their title credentials for the upcoming campaign.
Wakaso spent most of his career in Spain playing for the likes Elche, Villarreal, Espanyol, Granada, Las Palmas and Alaves.
The nomadic midfielder also spent time with Rubin Kazan, Celtic and Panathinaikos out of Spain.
The tough-tackling midfielder has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as four Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
In total, he has made 58 appearances for the Black Stars since making his full international debut in 2012 against Malawi in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.