Chinese Super League winter transfer window closed on Tuesday, with the top 16 clubs shattering all spending records.
Many big money moves were witnessed before the committee imposed a restriction and limited the number of foreign players a team can have.
Finally, a sigh of relief for the European clubs!
The Winter Transfer Window ran from 1st January to 28th February and finally closed with clubs spending ruthlessly, exceeding 2016’s window by €36 million. The net spending in this transfer window was around €331 million, surpassing the €215 spent by the top 20 English clubs. The net spending is not just huge but raises concerns for many European clubs, as they fear losing some of their prominent names to big money.
The Chinese Super League clubs spent over £100m more than the Premier League's during the winter transfer window.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 28, 2017
Anyhow, spend what you can is not the case anymore. Assessing the free spending cycle and its severe impact on the league, the committee imposed a limit on the clubs. With new rules, the clubs can only field three foreign players in a match.
Thankfully for Shanghai SIPG and Shanghai Shenhua, Oscar’s €60 million and Tevez €40 million acquisition was made respectively days before the cap on players was announced. Tevez and Oscar were not the only ones to prefer money over tradition, but the likes of Odion Ighalo and Alex Witsel also joined forces with the Chinese money machines.
Best paid Football Player in the World: Carlos Tevez (33) earn 110.000€/day in China Shanghai pic.twitter.com/jMyXZc8Esy
— Mark (@markito0171) March 1, 2017
The numbers are insane. The Chinese clubs spent 16x more than the La Liga sides and the amount of money Carlos Tevez will earn in one week is 19x of what the Chinese President earns per year.
European clubs finally breathed a sigh of relief with limits being imposed on the clubs, restricting them from finalizing more deals for the likes of Diego Costa, Edison Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Raul Jimenez. Wayne Rooney was also on the radar before he committed his future with the Red Devils. Also in the news, Arsene Wenger also rejected a €30million move to China.
Can the limits imposed stop Chinese Clubs from shattering records during the summer transfer window of 2017? Share your thoughts with us in the comments box below.
Data taken from, transfermarket.co.uk