A £400,000-a-week contract is a lot of money to offer a player who hasn’t been able to get a game all season. That’s exactly what Oscar is facing though in an attempt to try and lure him into the growing Chinese Super League.
These eye watering figures have become a normality recently though, which begs the question how many more Premier League soon to be retirees will jump ship before their careers end?
These eight players are coming to their final years of professional football and should consider the ever more attractive Chinese league, and the riches that come with it, before they have too little to offer.
The much hyped summer signing for West Ham has been a spectacular flop. He's been so bad Bilic has had to revert to using Antonio at right back at times; a man with as much defensive instinct as Mario Balotelli. Arbeloa still has Real Madrid on his CV though, and while that clearly doesn't convert into talent it should earn him a few million in China before he retires. Source: Twitter
Can't pass, can't dribble, can't cross. There isn't much Sagna can still do, and him still being at City is more of a reflection of Guardiola's stubbornness than his own talent. Will never fit Pep's vision of City so it's time for him to ship himself off to China while he has some athletic ability remaining. Source: Twitter
Pienaar used to make defenders look silly with his mazy dribbles down the wing, when he wasn't injured anyway. Now he can barely get a game at Sunderland. Things aren't going to get any better for him and unless he fancies bench warming in the Championship next season he should find a club in China to finish his career at. Source: Twitter
Forever underrated it seems Carrick will struggle to maintain a starting place in Mourinho's team in the future. A lack of charisma makes it unlikely he'll land a job as a pundit after football, so his best bet is moving somewhere where he can begin his pension fund. Source: Twitter
At 40, Given really should just call it a day, but he seems incensed on going on until there's no team left who will pick him. If he's going to continue to sit on the bench for a career, he may as well do it somewhere he'll be getting hundreds of thousands to do it. Source: Twitter
With a game which relies less on athletic ability and more on being six-foot-seven, Crouch has been able to extend his career longer than most. Even he has an expiration date though and he might as well find anywhere other than Stoke to play out his final years. The robot would also go down a treat in China. Source: Twitter
Defoe's one man mission to save Sunderland, however heroic, will ultimately fail. This man has too much quality though to wallow in the Championship, and having already tried the MLS retirement option he should now instead go for the Asian alternative. Source: Twitter
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Many a Premier League player has had to move abroad to see out their career and earn their final few million pounds before facing 50 years of retirement. The MLS used to be the most popular option but the emergence of the Chinese Super League offers a new and exciting challenge for those inclined for a fresh chapter in their career. Oh and money. Lots of it.