More than €215million has already been spent on the top-10 biggest transfers in the Chinese Super League (CSL) during the current transfer window, and that spending doesn’t look set to stop just yet.
While the European transfer window has closed, clubs in the CSL have until February 26 to wrap up their transfer dealings, and it appears there could be a fair few big names on their way to China before the window closes.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Liverpool target Alex Teixeira, Roma’s former Arsenal striker Gervinho, and Atletico Madrid forward Jackson Martinez headline the arrivals at present, but who will be next?
Barcelona full-back Dani Alves is the latest player to be linked with a big-money move to China. According to Mundo Deportivo, the 32-year-old has been offered a €36million, three-year deal by an unnamed Chinese club.
Alves still has two years remaining on his current Barca contract, but it is believed that he could well be leaving the Catalan giants in the off-season even if a move to China doesn’t materialise.
Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi has been linked with a switch to the Far East for some time now, and PSG manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed that the 30-year-old is in talks regarding a move away from the defending Ligue 1 champions.
The Argentina international was expected to depart during the January transfer window after entering the final six months of his contract at Parc des Princes.
One would think that anywhere would do for Chelsea’s out-of-favour striker Loic Remy, and China may provide the Frenchman with an escape route. It has been reported that Shanghai Shenhua are willing to pay the Blues £11million for Remy, with the striker set to pocket £5.5m a year.
Should Remy head to Shenhua, he will join Demba Ba at the club, the man he replaced at Chelsea.
China’s second tier competition, China League One, has seen some healthy spending of late too. China League One was fourth in the standings for money spent during the recent European transfer window, with more spent in the second division than in both the Bundesliga and La Liga.
It’s here that West Ham’s Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic may end up. The former Everton man looks set for a £9million move to second division side Beijing Renhe. Such a deal would surely make the Hammers happy, having paid Hull a third of that for Jelavic.
Spanish publication Marca have linked Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres with a move to China. The Spaniard is in line to become the world’s highest-paid player should he head to the CSL – or at least so says his agent. According to The Sun, Jose Antonio Martin claimed of Torres: “He has an offer that would make him the best-paid in the world.” Torres’ stocks have dwindled significantly since leaving Liverpool in 2011, but it appears that the 31-year-old still has significant pulling power.
There are some players that have been linked with a move to China who it appears even money can’t buy.
Chelsea playmaker Oscar has been the subject of speculation, with the Blues having rejected an offer of £58 million from Jiangsu Suning for the Brazilian, according to the player’s agent, while other reports have suggested Chelsea pushed back a £75million bid for the 24-year-old.
West Ham were reportedly offered £38million for midfielder Dimitri Payet, but the club have no plans to sell the Frenchman. Payet took to Twitter on Tuesday to reassure Hammers fans that he has no intention of leaving the London club.
Don’t expect to see Arda Turan arriving in China anytime soon either. Having only made his Barcelona debut in January despite joining the club from Atletico Madrid last July, the midfielder is staying put.
Turan’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, has rubbished reports that Beijing Guoan made an offer for his client that would have seen him earn €100million over five seasons.