By Adam Smith
Last Updated: 28/02/17 5:01pm
After the transfer window closed in China on Tuesday, we look at which players have moved to the Chinese Super League since the start of the year.
Over the last two seasons, the CSL has attracted some big names, including the likes of Hulk, Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez, Ramires, Gervinho, Graziano Pelle, Oscar, John Obi Mikel and Paulinho.
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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was linked with a move to the Far East earlier in January, while Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney has also been attracting interest from clubs in China.
So who actually made the lucrative move to Asia during the transfer window?
Brazil midfielder Oscar became the seventh most expensive player in football history after his £60m move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG.
The 25-year-old will reportedly earn £350,000 a week and joins former team-mate Ramires in China – who made a £25m switch from Stamford Bridge to Super League club JS Suning in January last year.
Former West Ham, Manchester United and Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez was linked with a move back to the Premier League last year but opted to return to his boyhood club Boca Juniors in July, 2015.
After just one full season back in his homeland, the 32-year-old signed for Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in a deal including wages of around £615,000 a week.
Former AC Milan wonderkid Alexandre Pato also made a £15.4m switch to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in January after a disappointing first season with Villarreal.
The 27-year-old had a six-month loan spell with Chelsea last year before Corinthians sold the Brazil international for £2.5m to the La Liga club.
Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel will join Pato at TJ Quanjian after signing from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg on a reported £300,000-a-week salary.
Juventus were believed to be interested in signing the 28-year-old, who has 78 international caps, and will be managed by former Italy international Fabio Cannavaro at his new club.
Tjaronn Chery was among QPR’s standout performers since his summer move from FC Gronigen in July 2015.
However, with his contract set to expire next year, the 28-year-old Dutchman opted for a switch to Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng for an undisclosed fee.
Odion Ighalo was the top scorer in England in 2015 but a goal-shy 2016 followed and the striker was sold by Watford to Chinese club Changchun Yatai on deadline day for £20m.
The midfielder swapped Newcastle United for Beijing Enterprises Group FC in February 2017, putting pen to paper on a two-year deal.
Tiote had been linked with CSL side Shandong Luneng, but instead opted for a lucrative move to the Chinese capital after making just one Championship appearance under Rafael Benitez this season.
JOHN OBI MIKEL
After 10 years and 374 appearances for Chelsea, Mikel decided to join Tianjin TEDA in January, with the defensive midfielder saying that it was “time for me to say goodbye”.
“As you will know, I haven’t featured as much this season as I would have liked, and at 29 I still have many years in the game ahead of me,” the Nigerian said in a statement. “With this in mind, I feel now is the time to seek a new challenge.”
Nigeria forward Brown Ideye became West Brom’s record signing in July 2014 after joining the Baggies on a three-year deal for a reported £10m, but struggled to make an impact.
Brown signed for Olympiakos after just one year at The Hawthorns before switching to CSL side Tianjin TEDA last month – joining international team-mate John Obi Mikel.
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