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    China is attracting some of the world's top footballers and managers



    Chelsea's Ramires is closing in on a 25m move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.


    But why would a 28-year-old Brazil international choose to leave champions Chelsea for a side who finished ninth in China's top tier in 2015?

    The midfielder, signed from Benfica for around 17m in 2010, has only started seven Premier League games this season.

    And opportunities under interim manager Guus Hiddink have been increasingly hard to come by.

    But why China?


    Well, there's the link Jiangsu have with his current club Chelsea for starters.

    They are managed by former Blues defender Dan Petrescu.

    On top of that, some of the Brazilian's international team-mates have been plying their trade in China for some time.

    The Brazilian connection


    Among the most famous is former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho.
    Now I am facing a new challenge in my life! Starting at the Chinese reigning champion!!! #GuangzhouEvergrande ����⚽️ pic.twitter.com/TCHhNs594p
    — Paulinho (@paulinhop8) June 30, 2015
    He signed for champions Guangzhou Evergrande in June 2015 on a four-year deal and for a fee of 9.9m.

    The world-renowned former Real Madrid, Manchester City and AC Milan striker Robinho also played for Guangzhou last season.

    He appeared in a side that featured several Brazilians and which continues to be managed by Brazil's former World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.

    International flavour




    Scolari succeeded another World Cup winner in charge of Guangzhou - Italian Fabio Cannavaro - who replaced
    ANOTHER World Cup winner, former Italy boss Marcello Lippi.

    And then there's the familiar face of Sven-Goran Eriksson.

    He's in charge of Shanghai SIPG, has been working in China since 2013 and even recently claimed he'd like Manchester United and England Captain Wayne Rooney to join him.

    Talking about life in China, the Swede was glowing in his praise.

    "This is a fantastic country to live in. I live in Shanghai, and if you asked me to compare it to London, I honestly couldn't say which was better.



    "Football is becoming huge here and they have very big ambitions for the Chinese Super League.

    "We already have famous players, like Asamoah Gyan and Demba Ba, and they have brought something special.

    "Football has become much, much bigger even in the time I have been here. I think in the years to come it will be huge and a player like Wayne Rooney could only help that development."

    The money


    Whether Rooney would ever decide to leave for the far east is debatable, but there's little doubt the pay is pretty good.

    Though the only British players to move to China thus far are Maurice Ross in 2010, Derek Riordan in 2011 and Akpo Sodje in 2012.

    However one of Eriksson's stars at Shanghai, the aforementioned former Sunderland striker Gyan, will be happy he upped sticks.



    He supposedly became one of the highest paid players in world football last July.

    The 29-year-old Ghanaian forward, who spent just one full season in the Premier League, is reported to earn around $350,000 per week (247,000).

    That is a weekly amount only bettered by a handful of football's finest - think Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Growth


    With money like that, the number of recognisable names setting foot on football fields in the Far East is only likely to grow.

    Attendances are up, wages are definitely up, and so are sponsorship revenues.

    Wealth and population increases in China have already turned sport into a multimillion-pound business, and clearly the Chinese Super League is on an upward curve too - just ask Ramires.
    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

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    "Top".......?

    My guess is it's a more lucrative retirement home than the MLS.

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    ^Exactly...

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    No need to guess Harry

    The 29-year-old Ghanaian forward, who spent just one full season in the Premier League, is reported to earn around $350,000 per week (247,000).

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    This might catch on with the domestic league too, perhaps....


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    Atletico's Jackson Martinez joins Guangzhou for record 31m



    Jackson Martinez was a disappointment at Atletico after a prolific spell at PortoChinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have broken the Asian transfer record by signing Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez for 31m.

    The 29-year-old Colombia striker has signed a four-year deal and will join winter training in Dubai on 9 February following a physical examination.

    He scored only three goals in 22 appearances for Atletico following his 24.8m move from Porto last summer.
    Martinez is the latest high-profile player to move to China this year.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires and ex-Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big Chinese signings in 2016.

    The transfer of Ramires to Jiangsu Suning last week - for what was believed to be around 25m - set the previous Asian record.

    Martinez's manager at Guangzhou is former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, while former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho and compatriot Robinho will be his new team-mates.

    According to Germany's Transfer Market statistics, Super League teams spent 81m (108 euros) on players and coaches in the 2014-15 season, making it second only to the Premier League.

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    Cahill is a quality player.. past his prime though.



    Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is leaving Chinese football after his contract was terminated by Shanghai Shenhua.

    Cahill only signed a new deal with the Chinese Super League club in November and said his exit was "heartbreaking".

    The Australian, 36, said he is not part of new coach Gregorio Manzano's plans.

    "This is very sad especially after what I feel I have helped to build in Shanghai Shenhua on and off the park," he said.

    Clubs in the Chinese Super League have spent more than 200m in their current transfer window, which runs until 26 February, ahead of their new season starting next month.

    Major deals include Jiangsu Suning spending more than 63m on midfielders Alex Teixeira and Ramires and Jackson Martinez's 31m move to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid.

    Cahill, who has also played for Millwall and New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, posted on his Instagram: "Just thinking about saying goodbye to my team-mates and especially the amazing fans is heartbreaking.
    "I will always think about what could have been for us as a club in 2016."

    Cahill has scored 45 goals in 88 games for Australia.

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    Rooney has still got potential... to earn more money.

    Wayne Rooney could leave Man Utd after nearly 12 years to move to China in the summer but the pressure would be on Ed Woodward.



    Rooney has won five Premier League titles with United Manchester United are understood to be open to selling Wayne Rooney to a Chinese Super League club in the summer - but only if they make a marquee signing.

    United have received an offer from a Chinese club for their 30-year-old captain, who is sidelined for six weeks with a knee injury.

    Rooney, 30, could earn at least 500,000-a-week in the Far East, however M.E.N. Sport understands United would need to offset his potential departure with an eminent replacement their global partners would approve of to promote their products.

    Despite a few chastening seasons at United, Rooney remains the most marketable player at the club due to his longevity and success at Old Trafford, as well as with the England national side.

    Rooney is expected to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton as the club's record goalscorer and remains United sponsors' most requested player to plug their brands, evidenced by shirt sponsor Chevrolet's recent viral video with the United no.10.

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....nsfer-10905636

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    No i can't see Rooney doing that just yet. No way.

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    Obafemi Martins leaves MLS for Chinese Super League




    Obafemi Martins scored 43 goals in 84 appearances for Seattle Sounders since joining in March 2013.

    Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins has become the latest high-profile signing to join the Chinese Super League.

    Martins, 31, has left Major League Soccer side the Seattle Sounders to join Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

    "For me it's now time for a new challenge [in China]," Martins said after announcing the move.

    "I've grown to appreciate the feeling I get when entering environments where I'm not a proven footballer."

    Neither side has confirmed the move, but the Nigeria striker announced his departure from Seattle on his Twitter page.

    Martins was linked with a move back to the Premier League in the January window, but British agent Tony Harris along with the player's attorney Soroosh Abdi brokered the deal taking the Super Eagle to China instead.

    Martins, who joins Senegalese striker Demba Ba at the Shanghai club, becomes the latest high-profile player to make the switch to the cash-rich Super League.

    Colombia striker Jackson Martinez, former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, Cameroon captain Stephane Mbia and ex-Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big Chinese signings in 2016.

    The transfer window closes in China on 26 February.

    Martins burst into the international limelight at Italian side Inter Milan before switching to Newcastle in August 2006. He scored 35 goals in his three seasons with the Magpies, later joining Birmingham City on loan in 2011.

    The striker, who has also had spells in Germany, Russia and Spain, will be remembered for scoring Birmingham City's winner in their 2-1 Carling Cup final victory over Arsenal in 2011 - the club's first silverware since 1963.

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    A pensioners premier league.

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    Fifa signs China's Wanda as top level sponsor partner

    Conglomerate Wanda Group has become the first Chinese top-tier partner of world football governing body Fifa.

    It is the first big deal of new Fifa President Gianni Infantino's reign, and the first since the scandals that engulfed the organisation.

    Wanda Group operates in a number of sectors including property, retail, sport, hotels, film and stores.

    It has entered at the highest level of sponsorship rights and the deal covers the next four World Cups until 2030.

    The financial size of the partnership has not been revealed, but it is believed to be one of the biggest in Fifa's history.

    Fifa's top five sponsors - Coca Cola, Gazprom, Adidas, Visa, Hyundai - paid some $180m to the governing body between them in 2015.

    Although Wanda is the first Chinese firm to enter at this top level, another Chinese firm, Yingli Solar - a solar panel provider - was a second-tier Fifa sponsor of the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

    Fifa signs China's Wanda as top level sponsor partner - BBC News

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