- Several high profile players have made the move to the Chinese Super League
- The most recent being Shakhtar Donetsk’s Alex Teixeira, who joined Jiangsu Suning for £38.4million
- Since 2012, players moving from Europe to China has been on the rise
This is all getting a bit silly, isn’t it?! Alex Teixeira became the latest high profile player, in the peak of his career, to opt for the Chinese Super League over a whole host of quality potential European suitors. The forward completed a move worth just over £38million today, despite declaring his desire to join Liverpool in the recently closed January transfer window.
The Brazilian’s decision to join the likes of Gervinho, Ramires, Jackson Martinez and Fredy Guarin may have shocked the world of football, but the truth is, players have been opting to ply their trade in China over Europe since 2012.
NICOLAS ANELKA AND DIDIER DROGBA
The former Chelsea strike duo really put Chinese football on the map when they both stunned the world of football by joining Shanghai Shenhua in 2012.
It all went a bit pear-shaped fairly quickly, though, with Anelka and Drogba leaving the club after twelve-month and six-month spells, respectively, with rumours of a lack of funds, boardroom bust-ups and all other sorts of shenanigans.
Sounds like things got messy.
From a Ballon d’Or contender to nobody even knowing you’d popped off to China at the age of 31. The former Manchester City and Real Madrid forward is now actually a free agent, despite winning the Chinese Super League title with Guangzhou Evergrande during his six-month spell with the club.
This move really was the first Chinese-based transfer that made the footballing world go: “Hang on, wtf?” when Paulinho, a Brazilian international in the peak of his career, made the move from the Premier League to the Chinese Super League.
Sure, the then-Tottenham Hotspur man wasn’t even in the picture at White Hart Lane, but there’s no doubt that there would’ve been a number of high profile suitors in Europe wanting to secure the services of the midfielder.
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There’s a few more on the list who have departed European shores for the Chinese Super League but it’s all beginning to feel a bit like a Football Manager save!