This is getting silly now. If there were any doubts that Chinese clubs are serious players in world football, it has been removed as Shanghai Shenhua have signed Carlos Tevez for a reported £40 million.
Tevez, who is well remembered in Manchester, having won the Premier League title with both of the city’s teams, has reportedly penned a deal that will see him paid an eye-watering £310k per week. That puts him up with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Not bad for a 32-year-old in the last years of his career.
Shanghai Shenhua – managed by ex-Sunderland boss Gus Poyet – signed Tevez from Boca Juniors in his home country of Argentina.
The deal follows fellow Shanghai club, SIPG, signing Chelsea midfielder Oscar for £60 million last week.
So, with Chinese clubs prepared to pay silly money for players in the twilight of their careers like Tevez, it is shaping up to be a very interesting transfer window in January.