There's a soccer revolution underway in an unexpected place. The Chinese Super League and a few of its richest clubs have decided to adopt a new and bold transfer strategy. That strategy? Spend a boatload of cash. They are overpaying market value for good players in an attempt to bolster their profile around the world.
So, how's it working out for them?
Here's a list of notable players they've successfully lured to their league recently:
Fredy Guarin (From Inter Milan to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for Undisclosed Fee)
Asamoah Gyan (From Al Ain to Shanghai SIPG for Undisclosed Fee)
Paulinho (From Tottenham Hotspur to Guangzhou Evergrande for $21.7 Million)
Gervinho (From Roma to Hebei China Fortune for $27.9 Million)
Ramires (From Chelsea to Jiangsu Suning for $50.9 Million)
Jackson Martinez (From Atletico Madrid to Guangzhou Evergrande for $65.4 Million)
Alex Teixeira (From Shaktar Donetsk to Jiangsu Suning for $77.8 Million)
As you can see, they are collecting a respectable list of players and that's not even including the extensive list of absurd transfer offers they've made in recent weeks. They are trying to buy their way to becoming one of the best leagues in the world. There's no estimate to how deep their pockets are and what limits they've set for themselves -- if they've set any at all. It seems as if they're focused on any and every high profile transfer target that hits the market.
Former New York Red Bulls player Tim Cahill currently plays for Shanghai Shenhua and predicts that the league will soon break the $100 Million transfer fee barrier soon.
"They've got the power and when they want something, they get it and when they don't want something they get rid of it. It's pretty much like a revolving door, you see a lot of players coming in and a lot of players going."
"It's crazy to see but this is only going to get worse. This is going to be massive, soon they'll break the $100 million mark easily."-Tim Cahill; Source: Fox Sports Australia