The new financial superpower in world football, China has already attracted some top talent this year and with the window in the Asian country set to close at the end of February, there are a number of rumors doing the rounds.
After a 25 million move for Ramires from Chelsea, Jiangsu Suning have now completed the signing Liverpool target Alex Teixeira in a £38.4 million deal this week.
That was followed by Jackson Martinez’ £31m move to Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao from Atletico Madrid. Teixeira now becomes the costliest player in the CSL.
According to the transfer market website, which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, CSL clubs have so far spent £199.5m (258.9m euros) in their current transfer window, which runs until 26 February.
In contrast, Premier League clubs spent £175 (227m euros) in their window, which closed earlier this week.
Their costliest signing was the £18.3m that Stoke City paid for Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula.
Liverpool were closely linked with the Brazilian for a move in the January transfer window but a common base could not be reached financially. Shakhtar Donetsk now lets the 26 goal star move to China where he will pair up with fellow Brazilian Ramires.
The Chinese Super league has now lured some top European talent and will be surely recruiting more and more stars especially with the financial advantages the domestic league can provide.
However, the quality of football may not be high and the league might not be challenging enough for some of the players which makes these high profile signings all the more interesting.
Teixeira became the latest victim of this new superpower. The CCSL season will get underway this March.