Premier League Champions Chelsea rejected a £58 million bid for star midfielder Oscar according to the players agent. The bid was received from a club that plays in the Chinese super League and it is the same club that signed Alex Teixeira and Ramires – Jiangsu Suning. Not only was the bid massive, had Oscar signed for the Chinese club he would have become the second highest played Brazilian footballer behind Neymar.
Asked about the Oscar bid in his news conference to preview Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester United, interim manager Guus Hiddink replied: “Ramires had a great offer [from Jiangsu] and everyone agreed. Oscar is just for me speculation and we don’t go into that.”
China is emerging as the next big thing in football but it is worrying for the European leagues as this will only lead to inflated prices. Alex Teixeira is the perfect example of this. Premier League clubs Chelsea and Liverpool were actively pursuing the player and Liverpool had launched a couple of bids for him as well but nothing materialised and it seemed that Teixeira would make a move in the summer.
But, to everyone’s surprise Jiangsu Suning bid almost £50 million for him and Shaktar Donetsk wasted no time in selling him. Alex Teixeira did not get his “dream” move to the Premier League but that shouldn’t bother him much as he will be pocketing a cool £150,000k-a-week.
Jiangsu are not the only Chinese Super League club that are spending the cash. Guangzhou Evergrande signed Atletico Madrid’s Colombian International for £31.5m last week while Serie A giants Inter Milan sold Fredy Guarin for £10m to Shanghai Shenhua in January.
Its not only Chelsea, Manchester City or PSG that have ruined football with money you can add the Chinese Super League clubs to that list too.