The Chinese Super League has added so many football stars in recent years and more might be joining in the next few months. In the last two years, players such as Oscar, Carlos Tevez and Hulk have all signed huge contracts to play for the league. The CSL has also been close to bringing more stars in recent months and they might end up joining this year. The contracts are some of the biggest in the sport and it wouldn’t be surprising to see record signings later this year. Here are five footballers who could be moving to the Chinese Super League once the season is over:
Mesut Ozil is one of Arsenal’s best players and one that has caught the attention of the Chinese Super League in the past. The star midfielder said last month that he turned down a crazy offer he got from the CSL. Ozil, 28, would have earned nearly $26 million a year with the offer from the Chinese Super League. The name of the team was not revealed but it wouldn’t be surprising to see another mega offer from the league in the next few months.
Chelsea recently won the Premier League and the team will soon be back to the Champions League after a bad last season. But the football club might soon have to look for a new striker as Diego Costa is rumored to be moving to the Chinese Super League after the season. It is not the first time that a move to the CSL has been rumored but reports have continued to link him to the league in recent weeks. The transfer rumors also say he could become one of the highest paid footballers in the world. A few days ago, the striker also made it clear that he will not neccesarily move to China if he decides to leave the team.
Wayne Rooney has scored plenty of goals for Manchester United during his career but the team could be making changes for next season. The Manchester United record goalscorer has been linked with a move to the CSL in the past but this could be the year when he sets a record transfer. In February, several sports sites reported that Rooney received a $1.63 million per week offer from the league. Rooney stayed with Manchester United but the rumors have surfaced again and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him move to the league soon. A $1 million per week offer is crazy outside of the Chinese Super League but a transfer like this one would give more popularity to the league. Several MLS clubs are also said to be interested in signing Wayne Rooney, so the midfielder has plenty of options if he leaves after the season.
Alexis Sanchez is one of the best footballers at the moment but his future could be outside of Arsenal, according to recent reports. The Arsenal star scored 20 Premier League goals this season and the Chinese Super League is said to be very interested in signing him. In December, it was rumored that a Chinese club was ready to offer Sanchez a $515,000 a week deal. The offer is not as crazy as other ones completed by the league but it would probably still be more than what some teams in Europe can offer. Some of the biggest football clubs, such as Bayern Munich, are also said to be interested in signing Sanchez.
Dani Alves joined Juventus on a free transfer last summer but just a few months later, it was rumored that three Chinese clubs were interested in signing him. A few sports sites reported in February that he had received a big offer to join the league. Alves recently scored in the Champions League to help his team confirm its place in the Champions League final. The veteran right-back has done well in his time with Juventus and that seems to have caught the attention of the CSL, which has already signed a few Brazilian stars, including Oscar and Hulk.
The Chinese Super League is spending crazy amounts of money to bring football stars to the league and that could continue this year. Who do you think will join the CSL this year? Let us know in the comments.