The Chinese Super League is garnering a huge reputation as the new pacesetters in the global transfer market.
The biggest teams around the world are having a hard time turning down the incredible offers being put forward by the Chinese.
Players like Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Axel Witsel and Jackson Martinez have left the possible glory and accolades from top European clubs to line their pockets.
Coaches like Gus Poyet, Fabio Cannavaro, Manuel Pellegrini and Andre Villas-Boas have also headed to the world’s most populous country in search for greener pastures.
With the recent announcement of Kenyan International Michael Olunga’s move to promoted Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng F.C, BuzzKenya is looking at the growing number of A-list African players who have hopped on the Chinese gravy train.
- John Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda)
- Demba Ba (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua)
- Stéphane Mbia (Hebei China Fortune)
- Gervinho (Hebei China Fortune)
- Obafemi Martins (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua)
- Mbaye Diagne (Tianjin Teda)
- Anthony Ujah (Liaoning Whowin)
- Papiss Cissé (Shandong Luneng)
- Mohamed Sissoko (Shanghai Greenland Shenhua)
- Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG)
Chinese Super League teams have, however, been dealt a huge blow by the Chinese FA following newly established rules clamp down on the excessive spending by clubs.
One of the most headline-grabbing rules established by the FA states that only three foreign players could feature in a given match. It also outlines that one Chinese Under-23 player must appear from the start.
With the new season just six weeks away, African players hoping to complete moves to China in the coming weeks will have to look elsewhere.
Clubs, such as Guangzhou who have numerous foreign players to fit in, will be looking to offload some players to accommodate the new rules.