Over the years, players have traditionally moved to far-flung leagues in search of a big pay-day in the twilight of their careers – think David Beckham or Steven Gerrard and LA Galaxy – but the Chinese Super League is threatening to turn this on its head by tempting players in their prime. Their transfer record has been broken 6 times in the space of a year and thrice within 10 days. Managers in the premier league (and elsewhere) are scared that these exorbitant sums of money lure youngsters away from places where they can play good football.
Signed for a new Asian record transfer fee, Oscar becomes the latest South American to trade Europe for China and in the process earns himself a reported £400,000-a-week. He will be expected to lead Shanghai SIPG to a first-ever Chinese SuperLeague title.
Signed from Zenit St Petersburg, Hulk joined Shangai SIPG in the previous record breaking transfer in June as the club sought to end Guangzhou Evergrande’s dominance both in the domestic and continental game. Injured just 15 minutes into his first game, the Brazilian played a minor role for the club towards the end of last season.
Alex Teixeira: £38.4m
Alex Texeira joined Jiangsu Suning ahead of last year’s Chinese Super League in another then-record deal, choosing to move to China from Shakhtar Donetsk rather than join Liverpool. He helped Jiangsu to runners-up spots in the Chinese Super League and the Chinese FA Cup last year.
Jackson Martinez: £31m
Three time Portuguese league Golden Boot winner and star marksman Jackson Martinez signed for Guangzhou Evergrande last year in a headline-grabbing move just seven months after moving to Spain from FC Porto. But he has had a year to forget with injuries and poor form costing him his place in the Guangzhou line-up.
Ramires move to Jiangsu Suning was the precursor to Oscar’s transfer to Shanghai SIPG as his transfer from Chelsea to the Chinese Super League set a new Asian record transfer fee at the time. That title would shift to Martinez and then on to Teixeira over the space of a remarkable 10 days.
And after all this there comes Carlos Tevez the ex Manchester United (and City) man is slated to move, in a $78.2 million transfer, ( breaking the record for a seventh time)from Boca Juniors to Shanghai Shenhua where he will reportedly make $782,000 a week making him the fist person to earn one dollar every second, in the most eye-opening of the many moves of its kind regarding high-profile players transferring to the Chinese Super League.
Watch out Real Madrid ! It’s time for the league of Galacticos!