The Chinese Super League is currently showing up the Premier League in terms of transfer window excitement, with the emerging division doing some big business.
Three deals in a row have broken the Asian record transfer fee, with Ramires heading to Jiangsu Suning for £25m before Jackson Martinez signed for Guangzhou Everglade for £31m and Alex Teixeira joined up with Ramires for £38.4m.
The Chinese window doesn’t close until the end of February, with many suggesting the big spending has only just started.
Rumours are circulating that a number of English top-flight stars could be joining those South American players in moving to the cash-rich league.
The most likely move is that of Yaya Toure, with the Ivorian looking unlikely to stay at Manchester City for much longer.
Toure fell out with the club last season over them neglecting his birthday, while the midfielder is still yet to sort out a new contract with the Citizens.
Furthermore, the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola at the Etihad could see the Spanish manager willing to move on a player he has already sold before.
The next name being linked with a move to China is Chelsea’s Oscar, with The Sun reporting that the Blues turned down a £57m bid for the playmaker.
Roman Abramovich has the wealth to be unmoved by offers for players he wants to keep at Stamford Bridge, but a more sizeable offer would be worth considering as it could be reinvested elsewhere without the worry of running foul of the FIFA financial fair play rules.
The last target for Super League sides is believed to be Wayne Rooney, with reports suggesting Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to reunite with the England captain at Shanghai SIPG.
Having already become the Three Lions’ record scorer and is within six goals of becoming Manchester United’s most lethal ever marksman, the 30-year-old would be forgiven for thinking he’s achieved all he can in the Premier League and moving on for a big pay day.
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