Depending on which reports you believe, Chinese Super League clubs are in the tank for Oscar, Arda Turan, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo. As the league’s recent hiring spree shows, they have more money than they know what to do with, and when they wave the kinds of massive raises they’re offering at a series of European stars, people bite. The Super League has quietly had a decent stockpile of top-level talent for a few years, and now they’ve become the country for stars and near-stars to cash out and earn hilariously inflated paychecks. That league used to be MLS, but they can’t compete financially, and they probably don’t want to anymore.
One of the very good players the league managed to get near his prime was Obafemi Martins. Martins paired up with Clint Dempsey up in Seattle and the two made for a remarkably effective strike partnership, which at times was so good, Sigi Schmid would only lend them moderate support, relying on their interplay to generate goals. He worked his way back into the Nigerian national team picture, and now he’s off to Shanghai Shenhua to join Demba Ba, Freddy Guarin, and Tim Cahill. He had reported interest from the Premier League, but he’s almost assuredly getting a fat raise over in China.