International tournaments are prime opportunities for both emerging and established talents to showcase their skills on the biggest stages in hopes of securing a move to a more prestigious team or league, and the raise that usually comes with. Graziano Pellè played well enough at the recently concluded Euro 2016 to get a transfer away from Southampton and to the world’s premier money-printing hotspot: the Chinese Super League.
Chinese club Shandong Luneng were so tantalized by the Italian forward’s impressive displays for his national team in France, plus his stellar 10 goals in 30 appearances in the Premier League, that they felt they had to snatch him up no matter the cost. The €15 million Shandong reportedly paid the Saints for Pellè’s services is pretty reasonable. The €300,000 he’ll reportedly make every week in salary, however, is another story: