I wasn’t remotely worried before about Chinese football, which I considered a bit of a joke, even when the 30+ers were being lured there for the big final payday.
But now if you have players still in their ‘prime’ going there like Oscar, rumours of Javier Pastore etc., it changes the whole complexion. It’s never been a worry about the financial might of China while the reputation hasn’t been there, but it will now be increasingly credible for top players to move to China, and have some sort of defence against accusations of ‘just doing it for the $$$$’ (should they even care of course, but for some they will feel being mocked in their profession). Not to mention big name European managers like Cannavaro acting as a further pull factor to their mates and former colleagues.
Sorry if there’s a Chinese football thread somewhere and I missed it. Anyway what I’m saying is previously I would’ve put Ozil/Sanchez moving to China this summer at genuinely 0%, but that’s clearly not the case now. We could become the first Premier League side to get seriously hurt by the Chinese league in a transfer swoop.
Also I still can’t name or be bothered to look up a single Chinese club side.