Antonio Conte has labelled Chinese clubs a “danger for all teams in the world” ahead of Chelsea midfielder Oscar’s expected move to Shanghai SIPG.
Oscar is expected to complete a £60m move to the Chinese Super League club in January, pocketing a cool £400,000 a week.
With Chinese clubs able to throw that kind of money around, Conte is concerned what that means for other clubs in the world, who could increasingly struggle to hold on to some of their best players.
“The Chinese market is a danger for all teams in the world, not only for Chelsea,” said Conte.
Referring to Oscar’s rumoured income, Conte said it would be “difficult” to manage a player on such a high salary.
Conte stopped short of confirming Oscar’s move, however, saying only: “I don’t know exactly the amount, or the situation. Now we have to wait – when it is the moment you will know.”
Chinese clubs spent around £200m before the start of the 2016 season, with the Chinese transfer record being broken three times in 10 days.
Brazil midfielder Ramires was signed by Jiangsu Suning for £25m, before Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao acquired Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez for £31m. Jiangsu then bought Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira for £38.4m.
The record was broken again during the mid-season summer transfer window, when Shanghai SIPG paid £46.1m for Zenit St Petersburg’s Brazil forward Hulk.