Rumour ratings: Chinese Super League special

With all the press hysteria surrounding Carlos Tevez’s rumoured big-money move to China, we thought it would be a good idea to round up all the other rumours of players chasing the ‘money dragon’ to the Far East. Then decide whether they are well founded or not.

John Terry

The Stamford Bridge stalwart is apparently at the centre of a £16 million tug-of-love between Chinese Champions Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua. Terry’s former boss, Guangzhou’s Luiz Felipe Scolari, and another former Blue Gus Poyet at Shanghai are reportedly battling over the 36-year old.

Terry has already been told by Chelsea that this season is his last, and so the Blues legend could be tempted by the prospect of one last big fat payday.

Rumour Rating: 7/10. Given Terry’s love of the high-life and the fact he will be a free agent come the summer, it would be no surprise if JT is learning to use chopsticks this time next year.

Wilfried Bony

The out of favour Manchester City man is on loan at Stoke this season, but apparently has a clause in his contract that allows him to be sold to a Chinese club when the transfer window opens in January.

Bony has been getting game time at Stoke, but has only scored twice so far this season, both goals coming against his former club Swansea, so he may be interested in a fresh start out in China.

Rumour Rating 9/10. The fact that there is a clause in his contract indicates that a move is probably on the cards for the mercenary striker. After all, if you had a choice between Stoke and Shanghai, which one would you go for?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The big Swede with the big ego is reportedly attracting attention from the Middle Kingdom, as the Chinese government believe there would be no one better at raising the profile of the Chinese Super League.

Reports suggest officials are ready to break the bank to land Zlatan, who is only on a one-year-deal at Old Trafford.

Rumour Rating: 3/10. Zlatan’s ego means he will want to prove himself in the Premier League, while reports say he is keen to stay for at least another year. Besides, having recently said he could play until he was 50, there is still plenty of time for the 35-year-old Ibra to move out East. Say, in around 10 years?

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