Mark Clattenburg could be the next star to be lured by the Chinese Super League, according to the latest odds.
And the man from County Durham capped off a fine year by being named best referee in the world at the Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai.
A Ladbrokes spokesperson said: “Having just splashed out £60m on Oscar, we thought business in China might go a little quiet. But it appears they’ve now moved on from players to officials, with Clattenburg their new target.”
In addition to that big-money Oscar deal, other players to head east in recent years include Hulk, Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez.
Ladbrokes Latest Betting:
Mark Clattenburg specials
Mark Clattenburg to become a permanent Chinese Super League referee – 25/1
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