The Chinese Super League could be set to lose some of their best players soon. Recent reports said that the nation is facing an exodus from the CSL as a result of the imposition of a salary of £42k-a-week before tax. This is the first time a salary cap has been put on wages of players in the country. Leading online bookmaker bettingsider 24 is offering great odds on the players below moving back to Europe in this window.
It won’t affect any of the current contracts. But the players who gone to the Chinese Super League will not be able to earn as much as they do in their current contracts. This could leave their future in stern doubts, when they reach the end of their contracts.
This would leave many clubs licking their lips. Here are some players that could be roped in by European clubs, once their deals in China run out.
It isn’t too long ago when the Belgian was playing in the FIFA World Cup of 2018. He also has a Champions League final goal to his name, as he had helped his Atletico Madrid side draw level against Real Madrid in the final of the 2015-16 edition.
During his time at Chinese club Dalian Yifang, Carrasco has played 52 games in all competitions. He has racked up a tally of 24 goals and 17 assists. At the age of 26, he has already done a lot in his career.
He was linked with Arsenal not long ago, with Bayern Munich also linked with a move previously. At a relatively young age, he could be a player clubs surely will look for.
Before he headed to China in 2018, Anderson Talisca was linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer of 2018. In that very winter, the Brazilian was also linked with a move to United’s rivals Liverpool.
But the 25-year-old’s career in China hasn’t been poor by any means. For Guangzhou Evergrande, he has made 45 appearances in all competitions since joining. He has racked up an impressive tally of 32 goals and 11 assists, becoming a crucial player for the club.
Talisca is a versatile player. He is well capable of playing as the attacking midfielder, but can play deeper or as a striker as well. Apart from that, he can also play on either wing. At the age of 25, he could be a very good signing for any European club.
This past season in the Super League, Bakambu was in impressive form for his club Beijing Gouan. He racked up ten goals and picked up four assists, while playing only 16 games in the league. Since going to Asia, Bakambu has constantly been linked with a move to Barcelona- a sign that he might just be too good for the Chinese Super League.
Since joining the side from the Chinese capital, Bakambu has become a much reliable centre-forward. He has played 54 games, scoring 39 times and grabbing 14 assists. That shows how impressive a goalscorer he can still be on his day. At the age of 28, he can do a job for any club in Europe that needs a striker. He is at the peak of his powers and a move to Europe will help him too.
Kouassi remains to be one of the more lesser-known non-Chinese players in the Super League. But he has been there more than the other shining names, as he made a move to Shanghai SIPG in February 2015. Since then, he has only risen up the ranks.
He is currently at Wuhan Zall, but has scored 24 goals and has 11 assists while playing 68 games in all competitions in China. He is a left-winger by trade, but can also play on the right side of the flank. He is 25 and scored 12 goals in the Super League this season.
He is probably yet to reach the peak of his powers and playing in Europe can do him lots of good.
The Brazilian midfielder is probably the most successful footballer in recent times to play in China. He was said to be the future of Brazilian football when he had scored a brace for Chelsea in a Champions League game against Nordsjaelland back in 2012. Despite constant links with Inter over the last few seasons, he has been enjoying life at Shanghai SIPG.
In the Super League, Oscar boasts of a tally of 39 goals and 64 assists while playing 122 games for the club. This past season, he was one of the most productive players in the Super League, scoring nine times and assisting 18 times too.
It is perhaps shocking that he is still 28. But since the links with Inter came as recent as this past summer, there is still very much a chance that he ends up in Europe. His quality will be undoubted.