Shaktar Donestsk have accepted to sell Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning, a Chinese football club which offers to pay 50m euros. In the first place, Liverpool was to get this Brazilian midfielder but they were only willing to pay £24.5m. We can never forget that Ramires’, who is also his fellow country man moved from Chelsea into that team for £25m. The puzzling question is why this 28-year-old international player choose to leave a big club like Chelsea, only for a side who managed to complete at position nine in China’s top tier 2015. The midfielder was initially taken from Benfica in 2010, where he signed for around £17. Most people are really questioning themselves on why this player selected china. There is a very big underlying reason.
One very obvious reason, is the link that exist between Chelsea and Jiangsu. Former blues defender, Dan Petrescu is their manager. Whenever Chelsea players move to that team, they feel secure and safe. China and Brazil have been connected for long. Paulinho, Tottenham midfielder, also left for china.He however, said that he is having a new challenge to contend with. This midfielder signed for champions Guangzhou Evergrande in June last year. The deal is worth £9.9m and is to last for four years. To make it even more interesting, the very legendary player in the world Robinho, also played for Guangzhou during the last season. Robinho is also known to have played for Real Madrid, AC Milan and Manchester City. He appeared in a side that comprise a number of Brazilians and which is managed by Brazil’s former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari. Felipe is an efficacious coach since he successfully brought Brazil a world cup victory. Felipe succeeded another world cup winner, Italian Fabio who was in charge of Guangzhou. Fabio also had replace another world cup winner, Marcello Lippi. Currently, Lippi is the Italy boss. All these men; Felipe Luiz, Italian Fabio and Marcello are all successful. A successor is considered successful when his successor succeeds!
Now, there is this common face of Sven-Goran Eriksson in charge of Shanghai SIPG. He has been working in China from 2013, and claims that he wants Manchester United player Wayne Rooney to join him. You see? Wayne Rooney to leave Manchester for china!
Talking about Rooney leaving for the Far East is arguable, but anything is possible here. The fact here is that payment is satisfactory. We can never blame Rooney if he decides to take such an action. Furthermore, he will not be the first on to leave Britain for China. Maurice Ross left in 2010, Akpo Sodje in 2012 and Derek Riordan in 2011. It appears like china has realized the power of money. She uses this to draw best player from other parts of the world.
A good example of a player who has greatly benefited from this is the former Sunderland striker Gyan. He is a star at Shanghai and stated to be one of the highest paid football players last July.