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China Football Transfers Hit New Record Despite Crackdown DTiNews – Talk Vietnam


Chinese clubs splashed a record 388 million euros ($411 million) on footballers in the January-February transfer window despite an official crackdown on spending, with Oscar’s heavyweight move to Shanghai SIPG leading the way.

Brazilian footballer Oscar of Shanghai SIPG poses for a portrait during a season launch event in Shanghai, on February 13, 2017

In spite of moves to curb “irrational” expenditure, China’s top tier beat last year’s record of 345 million euros and outstripped the English Premier League’s winter spending (259 million euros) for the second year in a row, according to industry website transfermarkt.com.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar’s Asian-record, 60-million-euro move to Shanghai SIPG reportedly made him the world’s second highest paid player — behind Carlos Tevez, who joined city rivals Shanghai Shenhua.

Rumoured moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney failed to materialise but Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato were among other big names to join the Chinese Super League, while Zhang Chengdong became China’s most expensive player.

One of the biggest surprises was out-of-favour Watford striker Odion Ighalo’s 23.3m euro move to Changchun Yatai, which made him the sixth biggest transfer in Super League history.

Oscar and Tevez moved before the Chinese Football Association announced a raft of cooling measures, including caps on transfer fees and wages and restricting match-day squads to three foreign players instead of four.

It seems to have stopped some mega-deals in their tracks, with Tianjin Quanjian’s chairman saying the club had dropped bids for Diego Costa, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Raul Jimenez as a result.

However, the new curbs didn’t dry up spending completely with players continuing to cash in on China’s football boom.

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“We’re still going to see high levels of spending even with the change in regulations, and this will continue,” said Tom Elsden of the Mailman Group, a sports marketing company.

“China is and will still pull big names, purely because of the salary on offer,” he added.

Shanghai SIPG got the ball rolling in December when they broke the Asian transfer record by plucking Oscar from Chelsea, where he had been sidelined from the first team.

When Argentina’s ex-Manchester United forward Tevez joined Shanghai Shenhua on a reported world-record salary of 38 million euros a season, it sparked speculation that four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and record England goalscorer Rooney could follow.

The sums spent often seemed divorced from reality, with clubs’ big-business backers lavishing money seemingly in hopes of currying favour with President Xi Jinping, who has called for China to become one of the game’s superpowers.

But in early January Chinese regulators moved to rein in spending, urging teams to direct funds towards boosting domestic talent, with China’s national team languishing at 86th in the world rankings.

Reigning six-time champions Guangzhou Evergrande responded by announcing they would field a Chinese-only squad by 2020, a U-turn after years of success based on big foreign signings.

The surprise curbs left some teams with expensive transfer and wage bills for foreign players they now cannot fit into their match-day squads.

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The decision “was hugely unfair on the teams that had already completed their business, and an unexpected bonus for the ones who had not,” according to Mark Dreyer of China Sports Insider.

But Elsden noted it would benefit Chinese players and therefore China’s national side. “This cap will mean that the domestic game stays protected whilst the league can still attract world-class players,” he said.

And the underlying dynamic still remains, illustrated by striker Ighalo’s expensive move to Changchun Yatai at the end of January.

Newly promoted Tianjin Quanjian, coached by Fabio Cannavaro, splurged 20 million euros on midfielder Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg and 18 million euros on former Brazil forward Pato from Villareal.

Clubs such as Hebei China Fortune went for home-grown talent, making winger Zhang China’s most expensive player — and the seventh priciest in the Super League — when he moved from Beijing Guoan for 20.4 million euros.

Hebei also spent 18 million euros on picking up midfielder Zhao Yuhao from Hangzhou Greentown.

China rocketed up to become the fifth biggest global spenders in football last year, according to a report last month from FIFA, up from 20th the year before.

Though only spending a third of the English Premier League’s 1.3 billion euros in 2016, it is now comfortably outstripping footballing superpowers such as France and current European champions Portugal.

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We’ve Recovered From Guangzhou Evergrande Thrashing in Asian Champions League, Says Eastern ‘Keeper Yapp


Eastern goalkeeper Yapp Hung-fai insists he – and the rest of his teammates – have fully recovered from the record-breaking thrashing they received at the hands of Guangzhou Evergrande in the Asian Champions League last week and are hopeful of making amends in front of their home fans against Kawasaki Frontale on Wednesday night.

Hong Kong No.1 Yapp let in seven goals in what was surely one of the most traumatic games he has played in, although were it not for a string of fine saves he made the score could have been in double figures.

It was hard to judge just how far behind the rest of Asia Hong Kong’s champions are as they were reduced to 10 men in the opening minutes against big-spending Guangzhou and nine with an hour still to play.

That defeat was the heaviest-ever suffered by a team on their debut in the competition, and Chan Yuen-ting’s side are out to prove they belong at this level, the first time a Hong Kong side has ever made it to the group stage.

Realistically, their best hopes of any points in group G are in this and their next game, both at home.

“We were all suffering after the 7-0 loss but as a professional you have to quickly overcome these things and we have,” said captain Yapp, who saved a penalty in the game.

Guangzhou’s Brazilian World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his counterpart Chan she couldn’t take the hammering seriously as a measure of her or her team’s abilities given the circumstances, and Yapp concurred.

“We know that last game was very difficult with the two red cards – now it’s our home game in front of our own fans, we’re feeling confident again and we are determined to ensure tomorrow will be better,” he said.

“It’s a very difficult team, Japanese sides are very strong. We’ve watched their opening game in the ACL [a 1-1 draw at home to Suwon Bluewings of South Korea] and the team move very fast and play attractive football, so we know we have to be careful and play a conservative, defensive approach.”

Eastern’s fans were reportedly denied travel to Guangzhou because of “security concerns” according to mainland media, or an internal mix-up according to Eastern.

It’s doubtful whether their presence would have made much difference to the scoreline there, but Chan is hoping what should be a terrific atmosphere in a packed Mong Kong Stadium can help her team against Frontale.

“We’re more familiar with the stadium and the surroundings, and with the smaller-size pitch we can put them under more pressure in defence and have a better match than in Guangzhou,” said Chan, the first woman coach ever to lead a team in the competition.

Hong Kong’s nine-man Eastern thrashed 7-0 by China’s Guangzhou Evergrande in AFC Champions League

Chan’s team, who were back to winning ways in the local league at the weekend, play an expansive, attacking style in Hong Kong, but will again line up defensively against the Japanese.

Against Guangzhou, Chan started with a 5-4-1 formation, though her plans went out the window in the second minute with Wong Tsz-ho’s sending-off. She said she would pack the midfield in a 4-5-1 with three defensive midfielders against Frontale.

“The tempo of these matches in the ACL is very different and the players’ ability and speed is much higher than what we’re used to in the local league,” she admitted.

“In the local matches we’re more focused in attack so it is rather difficult to play in ACL because we have to change our patterns and habits.”

Frontale dropped points at home in their first ACL game, drawing 1-1 against Suwon Bluewings of South Korea, though they won their J League opener at the weekend.

Eastern coach Chan Yuen-ting reflects on bitter lessons of 7-0 drubbing by Guangzhou Evergrande

They are missing playmaker Kengo Nakamura, which could be a boost for Eastern, though Japan international striker Yu Kobayashi, who scored against Suwon and again at the weekend, will fancy his chances.

“It’s going to be an away game so it’s not that easy but we want to get the three points,” said their coach Toru Oniki.

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Rafa Benitez Has Already Turned Down a Move to China – But Could He Be Tempted Again?


Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League this weekend, as the rumours over the Spaniard’s future intensified.

It’s no secret that Benitez was unhappy with the Magpies ’ lack of spending in the January transfer window, although the former Liverpool boss later confirmed he was happy at St James’ Park.

However, he is due to have crucial talks with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley in the summer over the extent of the club’s ambitions should they win promotion back to the Premier League.

Whether he will get the answers he wants to those questions remains to be seen, and has given rise to speculation that Benitez could be casting his eye elsewhere, with Arsenal and now the Chinese Super League suggested as possible candidates should he look to move on.

Newcastle United’s manager Rafael Benitez

It was reported that sides from the CSL could offer Benitez an eye-watering £30million-plus-a-year-deal, making him the highest paid managers in the world.

So should Newcastle fans be worried?

It’s all about the lifestyle

One of the key reasons Benitez moved to Newcastle was so he could live back in England, where his family are based.

His wife and children live on Merseyside, and he was keen to find a job where he could combine his career with his home life, and the St James’ Park hotseat ticked the boxes perfectly.

Benitez enjoys living in the area – he has already explored the cultural highlights of the region – and can spend time with his family.

Clearly, a move to China, while financially lucrative, would deny him of the things he appears to prioritise. And while he has shown he has willing to travel to progress his career, following spells in Italy and his native Spain, a moving to the Far East would be a major shift.

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He’s already turned down a move to China

This could be the key when assessing Benitez’s future. Although things can change very quickly in football, chief sports writer Lee Ryder reported last June how Benitez decided against some big-money offers from China in order to commit to Newcastle following their relegation.

Could he think again? It’s possible, but it’s clear money will not be the deciding factor.

Rafa Benitez knocked back huge offer from China after falling in love with Newcastle United fans

How much is the reported offer?

The details were sparse, but it was reported that unnamed clubs in China are ready to offer him ­£30million-plus-a-year deal if he were to leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

That equates to around £600,000 per week, and would make him the highest-paid manager in the world.

That’s more than the £11m which former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas reportedly gets at Shanghai SIPG and Sven-Goran Eriksson’s £4m per year at Shenzhen.

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Could clubs in China really pay that?

The Chinese Super League is awash with cash, with several high-profile players now playing in the Far East.

Carlos Tevez is paid £632,000 a week, and the likes of Oscar, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are all paid handsomely for their services.

But the league has restrictions on the number of foreign players each side can have – meaning high-profile managers could now be on the agenda, as clubs looks to splash the cash.

Which clubs could be interested?

There are 16 teams in the CSL, and all are capable of investing heavily. However, the likes of Changchun Yatai, former winners of the league, and Chongqing Dangdai Lifan are yet to make a mark on the international market.

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Is the Chinese Super League a Threat to MLS?


Next weekend marks the Major League Soccer kickoff for the 2017 season. Interestingly enough, this transfer window saw how a league from the other side of the world might threaten the growth of the beautiful game in the United States.

With the exponential growth of soccer in the United States, and the many new franchises rising through the league, the MLS seemed like a desirable place for players to continue or finish their respective careers, while continuing to play at a decent level. Many followed the example of David Beckham when he joined LA Galaxy after his stint with Real Madrid back in 2007. Players with the caliber like Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and Alessandro Nesta followed the Englishman’s path to an adventure in the new and ever growing American league. But last year we saw how the Chinese Super League caught the eye of some of the best talent in Europe.

Carlitos Tevez
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Back in 2016, The CSL (Chinese Super League) came onto the scene trying to make a point. They were here for the best talent and had the pockets for it. A total of $364 million was spent last year with players like Teixeira ($52.8 million) Jackson Martinez ($44.36 million) and Ramires ($40.13 million) who left for the far east. The Chinese Football Association tried to impose restrictions on spending for foreign talent. Little did that help.

The end of January 2017, which closed the transfer market in Europe and most of the soccer world, saw MLS spend $27.59 million in transfers. Compared to the whopping $231.08 million spent by the Chinese Super League, the difference is overwhelming. Last month, we saw how a player who is close to retirement, like Carlos Tevez, became the world’s highest paid player, earning $752,000 a week ($33.77 million a year). That’s almost twice as much as this year’s Ballon D’or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo. It also saw Oscar, Hulk, Witsel, and Pato all join the Chinese league, with plenty of talent and years of playing time on their legs. All this compared to MLS’ highest paid players Kaká ($7.16 million) and Giovinco ($7.11 million) and the difference is just abysmal. I guess money does buy happiness.

But the Chinese haven’t only made an impact on player transfers — and this might be the biggest difference with MLS — managers have been a huge part of the transfer window. And I have to say it’s a smart move. Cannavaro, Pellegrini, Meneses, and Luis Felipe Scolari all form part of a star studded league.

MLS should take this seriously. It is vital for the league to remain appealing for players of international footmark to help its expansion, TV, and media revenue. This will also continue to add substantially to the popularity of MLS within the country and around the globe.

Although players like Kaká, Pirlo, and Villa have helped tremendously on the style of the game and are top tier players, they are nearing ending their respective careers. Major League Soccer is in need of players who can not only come to retire, but it needs players to help elevate the level of soccer that is played here. Also something worrisome is the poor exportation of the league’s players to the bigger European leagues. This will end up hurting the USMNT which seems to rely more and more on the American-German raised kind of soccer player. MLS has a long way to go if it is aiming to be one of the best in the world. There are, however, some bright signs.

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Maybe the teams in MLS can in no way compete with the budget of our Chinese counterparts. But, we have a geographical and cultural advantage. Even though a lot of players might be convinced by the chunks of money they might earn in China, the U.S. remains, and will remain, one of the countries with the best quality of life. We live on a continent where we have some of the best talent within grasp. South America and Mexico are two golden cradles of natural talent, and MLS should take advantage of this.

As the competition in MLS gets tighter, it will seem more alluring for quality players like Toronto FC signing Giovinco, and LA Galaxy’s Gio dos Santos to join us. Players who still have a lot to give. Also, players like Chicharito, who are being linked to joining us, will be a big revenue driver due to the colossal Mexican soccer fan base. Atlanta United, a new franchise, has made a big step in bringing international manager Tata Martino into the league. Men like him are the ones who develop the right squad protocols and youth structure. Also, the teams should start taking competitions like the CONCACAF Champions League more seriously as this leads to the yearly Club World Cup, which could also help launch the popularity of MLS.

We have all the tools and infrastructure in this amazing country to become a leader in the most global sport of the world. It will take time and patience, but with hard work in developing young talent and taking the sport more seriously from a tactical and financial point of view, we can get there.

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Czech Republic Midfielder Dockal Off to Chinese Super League


Czech Republic midfielder Borek Dockal has agreed on his transfer from Sparta Prague to Henan Jianye in the Chinese Super League.

Both clubs confirmed the move Saturday on their websites.

Financial details have not been given but Sparta says the transfer fee was “extraordinary” for Czech football.

Czech media reports said Sparta may have received about 8.5 million euros (around $9 million) for the 28-year-old playmaker.

Dockal joined Sparta in 2013 after he previously played for Konyaspor in Turkey and Rosenborg in Norway.

He has scored six goals in 29 internationals.

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Mesut Ozil: Arsenal Star Wanted in China With Huge Transfer Fee Being Lined Up | Football | Sport


The Gunners playmaker is yet to agree terms over a contract extension at the Emirates.

And with Arsene Wenger holding off on signing a new two-year deal, Ozil remains in limbo.

The 28-year-old’s contract at Arsenal expires in the summer of 2018, meaning the club may cash in at the end of the season.

According to The Sun, Ozil is attracting interest in China, with huge offers being lined up.

The Premier League star would apparently be able to see his wages rise to around £300,000 a week in the Far East.

And clubs are looking to acquire Mesut Ozil for a ‘staggering transfer fee’.

Chinese Super League sides are ready to continue spending big ahead of new regulations being introduced on overseas players.

With top European-based talents being identified, Ozil appears to be seen as an ideal signing.

The Arsenal ace is apparently second only to Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of popularity appeal in China.

Gunners supporters have been less than happy with their key man’s performances of late, especially in big games such as last week’s 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

But reports have emerged that Ozil has been playing despite suffering from back spasms for some time, which has seen Wenger allow him time off recently.

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Mesut Ozil Attracting Interest From Chinese Super League as Wayne Rooney Looks Set to Leave Manchester United


MESUT Ozil is the latest start to attract interest from the Chinese Super League as he dithers on a new Arsenal contract.

The 28-year-old World Cup winner has been heavily criticised in recent weeks after a string of poor performances.

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Mesut Ozil is the latest start to attract interest from the Chinese Super League

He is currently deciding on whether to pen fresh mega-money terms with the Gunners, as Arsene Wenger also mulls his future.

And it emerged today the ex-Real Madrid ace is the second most popular player in China behind Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

It comes as Chinese Super League clubs eye-up the German midfielder, looking to bring him in for a staggering transfer fee.

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He would also be able to nearly double his £300,000-a-week Arsenal wages, as Chinese sides look to splash the cash before new regulations on overseas players come in.

Wayne Rooney is another star looking to be brought to the Far East from Manchester United before their window closes at the end of this month.

The 31-year-old’s agent Paul Stretford is in China looking to negotiate a deal, giving a clear indication Jose Mourinho is allowing him to leave Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney is also attracting interest from China and he is set to leave Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney is also attracting interest from China and he is set to leave Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is allowing Rooney to leave United after years of service

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Jose Mourinho is allowing Rooney to leave United after years of service

The England captain has been aware of interest in bringing him to the country for some time, and MLS clubs are also looking to swoop.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have replaced Bayern Munich as the most popular team online in China, according to a new report.

It also revealed Germany’s Bundesliga is the most influential league on the net, ahead of the Premier League.


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Young Rules Out Move to Chinese Super League


Team-mate and club captain Wayne Rooney is reportedly on his way to China before their transfer window closes next Tuesday, having sent his agent Paul Stretford to Beijing to work on a deal.

[RELATED: Paper Round: Rooney’s agent flies to China to get deal done – or does he?]

However, Young insists he will not follow suit – despite Shangdong Luneng making a £10m bid for the midfielder – and says he wants to remain at Old Trafford until the end of his contract.

“I am here at United for the rest of the season and another year, so I am concentrating on everything here,” Young told reporters.

The former Aston Villa winger has not started in the Premier League since November, mustering up just 13 games all season.

Young’s chances of selection for the EFL Cup final on Sunday have increased following injuries to Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick – with the duo expected to miss out.

Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Young rules out move to Chinese Super League

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Wayne Rooney: Two Chinese Super League Clubs Pull Out of Man Utd Transfer


TWO Chinese Super League sides have ruled themselves out of making a move for Wayne Rooney.


Two Chinese clubs have pulled out of a move for Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United captain has been heavily linked with a lucrative move to the Far East before the Chinese transfer window closes on Tuesday.

However, at least two Chinese Super League sides are not interested, according to BBC Sport’s Richard Conway.

“Jiangsu Suning – along with Beijing Guoan – rule themselves out of signing Wayne Rooney”

Richard Conway

He tweeted: “Chinese sides Jiangsu Suning – along with Beijing Guoan – rule themselves out of signing Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

“Diminishing options for Rooney camp. Or was a transfer to China ever viable for him?”

Yesterday Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford flew out to China, further heightening expectation of a move.

However, Starsport understands Stretford’s trip is routine and not out of the ordinary as he visits the country once a month.

Rooney may have played his last game for the Red Devils after finally eclipsing Sir Bobby Charlton’s goalscoring record at Old Trafford.

He rifled a last-minute equaliser against Stoke last month to get to the top of the pile with 250 strikes.

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Chinese Super League Side Confirm Wayne Rooney Talks


Tianjin, Feb 22: Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian have expressed their interest in signing Manchester United legend and current captain Wayne Rooney.

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The side who got promoted to the top tier recently have planned to spend heavily to refurbish their squad. In the process, they have already signed two big names, Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato.

File photo: Wayne Rooney (right)

Doubts over Rooney’s future at Old Trafford were raised since the beginning of this season when manager Jose Mourinho decided to axe him from the starting XI.

The highest goal scorer in Manchester United’s history is now only bench warner who only takes the field for the 15-20 minutes or during the relatively less important games.

The club vice-chairman Ed Woodward has also asked Wayne Rooney’s agent to find a lucrative offer for the star player.

If rumours are to be believed that, the English striker is set to earn £30million-a-year.

The Tianjin side has roped in legendary Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro as their manager.

Speaking on Rooney to Tianjin TV, Cannavaro said: “We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just a chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play.

“No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang.

“Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League.

“Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment.

“Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.”

Even though Tianjin may not show much interest in the player, Rooney is certain to leave the club by next season.

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