- Wenger says Chinese League is capable of recruiting the best players
- Chinese clubs are now recruiting younger players unlike previous times when they landed players like Drogba and Anelka who were passed their prime
- Lately they have attracted players like Gyan, Ramires, Alex Teixeira among others
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Chinese Super League can outsmart Europe and become the major power in the transfer market.
Wenger was addressing the media before Sunday's trip to face Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Just before the close of the January transfer window of Europe, some clubs from China have pulled off big-money deals for players like Alex Teixera who they ditched Liverpool on, former Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez, Ramires and quite a few other players in recent weeks.
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China looks to have the financial power to move the whole European league to China. “We know it is a consequence of economic power. I don’t know how deep the desire is. If the political desire is there we should worry”. Wenger admitted.
Shakhtar Donetsk confirmed they sold Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning for €50 million (£38.5 million) just days after Martinez joined Guangzhou Evergrande for £31 million. Former Chelsea midfielder Ramires also joined Jiangsu Suning for £25 million earlier in the week.
The games analysts suggested players opt to play in the less-revered Chinese Super League only for monetary gains and others purposely because they were at a prime age.
China had previously based their recruitment strategically on players who passed their prime such as Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.
These clubs are now eager to land younger stars like Asamoah Gyan (Shangai SIPG), Gervinho (Hebei China Fortune) and Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande).