China’s five record sign­ings

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Af­ter Shang­hai SIPG con­firmed the ar­rival of Chelsea’s Brazil­ian mid­fielder Os­car yesterday, here are the five Asian-record sign­ings an­nounced by Chi­nese clubs this year:

Os­car, 70.5 mil­lion euros

Os­car will be­come Chelsea’s most ex­pen­sive sale and one of the big­gest trans­fers from the Premier League when he signs his new deal with Shang­hai SIPG, worth a re­ported £60 mil­lion (70.5 mil­lion euros), in the com­ing days. The 25-year-old scored 38 goals in 203 matches for Chelsea af­ter ar­riv­ing from Brazil­ian out­fit In­ter­na­cional for nearly 30 mil­lion euros in 2012. At Shang­hai he joins for­mer Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur boss An­dre Vil­las-Boas, who ar­rived at the club last month.

Hulk, 55.8 mil­lion euros

The mus­cu­lar Brazil striker, 30, joined SIPG from Zenit St. Peters­burg in July and helped them fin­ish third in this year’s Chi­nese Su­per League, grab­bing four goals. He scored 77 goals in 147 matches with Zenit, win­ning them the 2014-15 Rus­sian Premier League ti­tle.

Alex Teix­eira, 50 mil­lion euros

Striker Teix­eira, 26, scored 89 goals in 223 matches for Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk and was a tar­get for Liver­pool un­til he was snapped up by Jiangsu Sun­ing in Fe­bru­ary. Teix­eira has proved an im­por­tant as­set with 19 goals in 14 games so far for Jiangsu, who fin­ished sec­ond in the Chi­nese Su­per League.

Jack­son Martinez, 42 mil­lion euros

Two-time Asian cham­pi­ons Guangzhou Ever­grande had high ex­pec­ta­tions of Atletico Madrid’s Colom­bian hitman when he joined in Fe­bru­ary. But the 30-year-old has man­aged only four games for his new club, al­beit scor­ing four times along the way. It mat­tered lit­tle as Ever­grande won their sixth straight Su­per League ti­tle in Oc­to­ber.

Ramires, 28 mil­lion euros

The Brazil­ian had fallen out of fa­vor with then English cham­pi­ons Chelsea, who prob­a­bly couldn’t believe their luck when Jiangsu of­fered to take him off their hands in Jan­uary for a fee that was, for a short time, an Asian record. He has re­turned five goals in five games for SIPG but will form a for­mi­da­ble mid­field part­ner­ship with Os­car in in­com­ing man­ager An­dre Vil­las-Boas’s team next sea­son. — AFP

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