Hulk, Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Jackson Martinez, Axel Witsel, Graziano Pelle, Paulinho, Ramires, Alex Teixeira, the list goes on and on. They’ve all moved to Chinese Super League clubs the last couple of years, more could follow, but only if the super rich of China’s football manage to find a way out of the new regulations that are being imposed this summer.
A special fee would be imposed on any club who has a trade deficit in a single transfer market. The club would be paying the same amount of money as their outlay on player recruitment to the Chinese Football Development Fund
a statement released by the Chinese FA read.
Money from the fee will be used to the development of young players, the promotion of grassroots football and charities. The regulation will be effective from the upcoming summer transfer window
the statement also read. It also included a sentence in a much less… official tone.
The new measure aims to promote the healthy and stable development of the professional football and rein in the trend of keeping up with the Joneses and showing off overpriced signings
the CFA stated.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa and Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are rumoured to be on their way to China, but the new regulations definitely change things, and it remains to be seen how the CSL clubs will handle the new situation.