The Chinese Super League has definitely caught people’s attention, and rightfully so.
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According to ZinhuaNet, Guangzhou Evergrande’s market value is set at roughly $3.5 billion, which is higher than Real Madrid ($3.26 billion) and Manchester United ($2.35 billion).
Guangzhou was first listed on China’s National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ) in November, but the club’s value has since risen significantly. On the market, the stock reportedly being sold at $8.50 per share and has sold 36,000 shares.
While Guangzhou is by no means in the same tier with clubs like Real and United in terms of revenue, the Chinese club is certainly doing something right.
After making a splash this winter by signing Atletico Madrid attacker Jackson Martinez, the Chinese Super League side is poised to make another run at the league title. The club have won five league crowns since 2010.
Additionally, former Brazil national team coach Luis Felipe Scolari is currently managing Guangzhou.
Jackson Martinez’s short, unsatisfactory time at Atletico Madrid is over, and the La Liga side has shockingly made a profit on the man.
Reports claim that Guangzhou Evergrande is set to pay $49 million to bring Martinez to China, less than six months after Atleti paid Porto $38 million for the striker.
The 29-year-old Colombian is coming off a 32-goal season with Porto, but has struggled to adapt to La Liga. He has three goals in 12 appearances for Atleti.
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China is making moves. Guangzhou Evergrande is the same side that spent big cash on Robinho, Paulinho and Alberto Gilardino (those rhyme, too). Only Paulinho remains with the club now. Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is Guangzhou’s manager.
What does MLS think of this? Another sub-30, albeit barely, player joining this nascent league is quite the fodder for discussion. Four players from Corinthians have joined China’s top flight, Chelsea sold Ramires to Jiangsu Suning for $35 million.
“Soccernomics” is looking as prophetic as it claimed!
Just two days remain before the January 2016 transfer window closes (Watch Transfer Deadline Day show live, Monday, 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), which means all 20 Premier League clubs will be on high alert and hopeful of completing that one last final bit of business over the next 48 hours.
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These are the hottest rumors doing the rounds as Monday’s deadline approaches…
Tottenham Hotspur need a new striker to provide cover for Harry Kane, should the unthinkable happen. According to reports all over, the top-four- and title-chasing club is close to completing the signing of 19-year-old Fulham striker Moussa (two s’s) Dembele (no relation to Spurs midfielder Mousa). The young Frenchman’s contract expires in the summer and Fulham run the risk of recouping a much smaller fee at tribunal, when we leaves as a free agent.
Not quite satisfied with their business done this month, Leicester City are hot in pursuit of AC Milan youngster M’Baye Niang. However, the Guardian is reporting the Foxes have been told the 21-year-old French forward is not for sale after rejecting a big of $17 million.
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According to the Daily Mail, Swansea City have made a $10 million bid for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle in an attempt to solve their goalscoring problems, which currently see the Swans the second-lowest scoring side (22 goals in 23 games) in the PL this season.
In the way-out-of-left-field news of the day, the Sun is reporting Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has proposed a swap deal that would see Diego Costa head back to the Spanish capital, while Jackson Martinez takes his place in west London. Unsettled as the Brazilian-turned-Spaniard may be at Chelsea, the Blues will surely be the first to say “thanks, but no thanks.”
With Christmas and Boxing Day officially in the rearview mirror, the new year is just around the corner, and we all know what the new year brings with it: the January transfer window.
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A roundup of the biggest transfer rumors floating around the Internet this crazy Boxing Day…
Just six months after leaving Porto for Atletico Madrid, Jackson Martinez is wildly out of form and said to be extremely unsettled, thus hello, Jackson Martinez transfer rumors. The Mirror tells us that Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are two Premier League sides interested in the 29-year-old Colombian striker. After scoring 32 goals in 41 games (all competitions) for Porto last season, Martinez has made barely a dozen appearances for Atleti, scoring just three times. If truly available, Atleti would likely have to take a fair loss on the $43 million they spent to acquire Martinez in the summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will make just one signing during the January window, but at least this time it’ll be for a player in a position where they desperately need reinforcements — central midfield. 23-year-old Mohamed Elneny is one linked to the Gunners for a fee of $10 million. The Egyptian midfielder currently plays for Basel, where he’s regularly feature for the Swiss side in the UEFA Champions League. Elneny will remain cup-tied in the CL this season, though, meaning he’ll be ineligible to represent Arsenal in the competition this year, if a move comes to fruition.
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The Daily Star is reporting that Real Madrid will not make another move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea during the January window, but that they will attempt to bring the 25-year-old Spaniard back to his hometown in the summer.
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis is said to be quite the admirer of Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, with the Daily Star linking the Frenchman with a loan move to The Hawthorns in January. After seeing his side hammered by Manchester City on Saturday, Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is ready to spend wildly in January as the Black Cats attempt to stave off relegation once again.
It’s the most wonderful time of year for fans of the world’s biggest clubs, as the European big boys flex their financial muscles and snap up the best and the brightest players from the continents “smaller” clubs.
Of course, if you’re a fan of said “smaller” clubs, you’re probably not a huge fan of the summer transfer window.
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As you’ll see in the links above and below, this summer’s window has proven to be an exciting, fast-paced time already. This week, a pair of big-money deals were confirmed by a pair of UEFA Champions League sides, as standout stars have perhaps performed too well and outgrown their current surroundings.
Shakhtar Donetsk announced on Wednesday that Bayern Munich have paid $33 million and agreed to personal terms with 24-year-old Brazilian attacker Douglas Costa. A five-time league champion with Shakhtar, Costa scored 38 goals for the Ukrainian side during his five-and-a-half year stay at the club. He will now compete for playing time against the likes of Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski.
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Elsewhere, Porto announced Tuesday the departure of Colombian striker Jackson Martinez. The 28-year-old will move to one of the summer’s most active transfer dealers, Atletico Madrid (now four players either in or out for fees of more than $16 million), after having his $39-million release clause activated. A Portuguese league champion of the 2012-13 season, Martinez scored 92 goals 136 games (all competitions) for Porto, including 21 during the just-completed 2014-15 campaign.
Martinez and 21-year-old Argentine striker Luciano Vietto ($22 million) seem to be candidates to replace Croatian goalscorer Mario Mandzukic, whom Atleti sold to Juventus for $21 million.