We keep hearing the Chinese Super League being discussed in the Transfer Tavern, with fans of Premier League clubs clearly worried about the financial muscle of teams in the Far East.
And it seems they have good reason to be concerned, with Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet having revealed that the mega deals being handed out by some of the Asian nation’s biggest clubs are the talk of dressing rooms.
The Belgian stopper didn’t fall into the trap of admitting that he, or any of his team-mates, has had his head turned, but (via the Mirror) the Kop ace did have his say on the situation:
“You would be a hypocrite to say we don’t speak about it because it’s a big topic. Everybody’s speaking about it.
“You see the money and of course you talk about it.
“I’m a keeper and I don’t think they want any keepers.
“I know the next question is would you go to China – and the only answer you can give is that you don’t know unless you get an actual proposal.
“You can’t weigh up the pros and cons until you actually receive an offer.”
The biggest deal with an English club involved of the recently closed January window saw Chelsea’s Oscar head to Shanghai SIPG for a staggering £60m, while Carlos Tevez relocated from Boca Juniors to become the highest paid player on the planet at Shanghai Shenhua.
On top of this, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is believed to have been offered an eye-watering £1m-per-week by a CSL club, although he’s not interested at this time, and there’s a chance a huge deal could happen in the coming 24 hours with the transfer window not yet closed for the country’s teams.
At this rate, our landlord will be worried about some of his staff being tempted by the cash on offer in China (in no way was that this bartender making himself available *wink*).
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