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From Di Maria to Torres: Predicting the next 12 players to make big-money Chinese Super League transfers

2017-01-14 12:22:55 | Author: Mohamed Moallim | Source:www.squawka.com
Abstract:With the Chinese government determined to win a future World Cup their attempt to accelerate growth of their domestic game shouldn’t come as a surprise.

 

The most visible example is pumping money into the nation’s footballing pyramid particularly its premier division.

From its humble beginnings, the Chinese Super League is now starting to challenge the old European order.

 

Across the last few years we’ve seen it muscle the United States and Qatar as the go-to destination for those Eruopean stars entering their twilight years.

However, with a plethora of marquee managers, and the riches on offer – some of the highest paid footballers now play in the People’s Republic – we’re now starting to see individuals who could easily remain in Europe moving over.

 

Already this year Oscar and Axel Witsel have been tempted away and there could be more to come with a number of opening remaining for non-Asian foreigners in this current window.

But looking further ahead who could be the next big names playing in the CSL.

 

Click on the gallery above to see the next 12 players we predict to make the move to China.

 

1. Yaya Toure (Manchester City)

Contract expiration: June 2017

Value: £10.2m

Likelihood of moving to China: 4/5

After being exiled from the group, due to his agent and Dimitri Celuk and manager Pep Guardiola engaging in a war of words, he's since returned to the fold and has been a prominent figure in Manchester City's last few games.

However, with his contract expiring this summer Toure's future might not be in north England, instead he could be looking eastward.

 

2. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

Contract expiration: June 2019

Value: £25.5m

Likelihood of moving to China: 3/5

Soon-to-be Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorer. The 31-year-old currently enjoys a love-hate relationship with the Old Trafford faithful.

It hasn't gone unnoticed the Red Devils have moved on without him in recent matches with Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marcus Rashford representing United's long-term attack.

 

3. Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce)

Contract expiration: June 2018

Value: £7.65m

Likelihood of moving to China: 3/5

The Dutchman's international future is all but done having not featured for the Netherlands since the end of their disastrous Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

He's seemingly happy in Turkey, playing for Fenerbahce, but if he is to complete one more transfer – bar returning to boyhood team Excelsior or first club Feyenoord – it could very well be to China.

 

4. John Terry (Chelsea)

Contract expiration: June 2017

Value: £2.13m

Likelihood of moving to China: 3/5

Terry's days at Stamford Bridge are drawing to a close.

The 36-year-old, who is Chelsea's proud captain and longest serving player, feels there's plenty of juice left in the tank and if he is to ply his trade elsewhere it's likely to not be at another European club which limits his options considering the wages he's on.

 

5. Angel Di Maria (PSG)

Contract expiration: June 2019

Value: £46.75m

Likelihood of moving to China: 2/5

Di Maria finally got the move he wanted in 2015, when he swapped Manchester United – after a disappointing season – for Paris Saint Germain, but has struggled this season with reports of growing tensions between him and manager Unai Emery.

If he is to leave this summer, it would mark a remarkable last few years for the Argentine forward, who in 2014 was named man-of-the-match in Real Madrid's triumph over neighbours Atlético Madrid in that year's Champions League final.

 

6. Emmanuel Adebayor (unattached)

Contract expiration: N/A

Value: N/A

Likelihood of moving to China: 4/5

Currently a free agent after being released from his Crystal Palace contract at the backend of last season.

Adebayor, who turns 33 next month, saw a move to Lyon fall through last summer and is adamant he can still play at the highest level.

 

7. Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid)

Contract expiration: June 2017

Value: £8.75m

Likelihood of moving to China: 3/5

Torres completed a permanent return to boyhood club Atletico Madrid in 2015, but there's no guarantee he could finish his career with them, for the time being he's playing a supporting role from the bench.

 

8. Samuel Eto'o (Antalyaspor)

Contract expiration: June 2018

Value: 1.75m

Likelihood of moving to China: 3/5

The much-travelled Cameroonian has already played football in six different countries, not including his native homeland, with something left to offer – plus his impressive résumé – it would be a surprise if those watching in China haven't already been keeping an eye on the three-time European Cup winner.

 

9. Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Contract expiration: June 2019

Value: £38.25m

Likelihood of moving to China: 2/5

Consigned to a bit-part role under Antonio Conte it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Spaniard leave Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The Blues have already done business with club's in the Far-East and given very few teams across Europe have the means to satisfy Fabregas' wage demands, or have room for him in their side, it's a possibility he could follow in the footsteps of Oscar and John Obi Mikel.

 

10. Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)

Contract expiration: June 2018

Value: £9.35m

Likelihood of moving to China: 4/5

Sneijder's agent recently suggested his client's future might not be at Galatasaray with two Chinese clubs reportedly interested.

The 32-year-old Dutch midfielder current deal expires in June 2018 and with no immediate interest to return to the Netherlands there could be stop in China before potentially closing out his career back home.

 

11. Ronaldinho (unattached)

Contract expiration: N/A

Value: N/A

Likelihood of moving to China: 5/5

The former Ballon d'Or recipient announced he will retire in a year's time and with him struggling to find one final club in Europe or South America the option to play in China, awash with its riches, could tempt the World Cup winner to see what all the fuss is about.

 

12. Pepe (Real Madrid)

Contract expiration: June 2017

Value: £5.1m

Likelihood of moving to China: 4/5

On the back of his best ever year, playing an instrumental role in Real Madrid winning their eleventh European Cup and Portugal clinching a first major international honour, the 33-year-old is comfortable in his surroundings, but with Los Blancos always looking to bring in fresh faces, his place is far from guaranteed.

 

 

 


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