Clubs go on a record trans­fer shop­ping spree

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By XIN­HUA

Shop­ping by Su­per League clubs went up a notch on the 2014/2015 trans­fer mar­ket as they spent 108 mil­lion eu­ros ($121.2 mil­lion) on play­ers.

The money spent on trans­fers of Chi­nese top-flight clubs beat most of the top leagues in the world, stand­ing only sec­ond to the English Pre­mier League, ac­cord­ing to statis­tics re­leased by Ger­many’s Trans­fer Mar­ket on Fri­day when the Chi­nese win­ter trans­fer win­dow closed.

The spend­ing brought in 47 for­eign play­ers and saw62 Chi­nese play­ers move to new clubs. It sur­passed last year’s record of 68.72 mil­lion eu­ros and dou­bled the num­ber of for­eign names in the league.

For­mer Brazil­ian league top scorer Dario Conca re­turned toChina and joined Shang­hai SIPG club af­ter one year at Brazil­ian club Flu­mi­nense.

“I hope I

can

re­pay you with bet­ter per­for­mance. Thank you China,” he wrote on his mi­cro blog.

Conca, the lat­est sign­ing by for­mer Eng­land manager Sven-Go­ran Eriks­son, set a record trans­fer fee of 8.9 mil­lion eu­ros four years ago.

This was beaten by Ever­grande’s pay­ment of 15 mil­lion eu­ros for Brazil in­ter­na­tional Ri­cardo Goulart and 11 mil­lion for Brazil­ian striker Alan Carvalho from Red Bull Salzburg.

Ice­land in­ter­na­tion­als Vi­dar Kjar­tans­son and Solvi Ot­tersen are new sign­ings of Jiangsu Sainty and Bei­jing Guo’an gave striker Er­ton Fe­jzul­lahu a 2-year con­tract.

The riches brought pres­sure, too, as heavy-spend­ing clubs try to make ends meet.

ChenXuyuan, pres­i­dent of Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Port (Group) Co (SIPG), said the wild spend­ing should end.

“Af­ter all, soc­cer is a sport. If money can solve ev­ery­thing, then it is no longer a sport,” he said.

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