Chinese teams look to LaLiga Santander rather than Premier League


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Almost a decade has passed since the Chinese Super League burst onto the scene, with their teams spending huge sums to lure players away of Europe, and LaLiga Santander has been their favourite markets.

Their transfer ‘boom’ began back in 2016, but Chinese teams have been signing LaLiga Santander stars for the last 10 years, having spent as much as 236.9 million euros.

That’s 48 million euros more invested in Spanish-league players then on Premier League footballers, as 25 players moved from the Iberian Peninsula all the way to China.

Former Levante defender Nano was the first LaLiga Santander player to make the move to China, with the Valencian club receiving 500,000 euros, while Frederic Kanoute and Seydou Keita followed into his footsteps.

After cashing in on Paulinho in 2017, when the Brazilian midfielder joined Barcelona, Guangzhou Evergrande spent 47.5m euros to first sign him back on loan and then on a permanent deal.

Jackson Martinez also moved to Guangzhou Evergrande from Atletico Madrid for 42m euros, while Chinese sides spent a whopping 98.1m euros on eight LaLiga Santander players ahead of the 2018 season.

Cedric Bakambu, Yannick Carrasco, Jonathan Viera, Javier Mascherano, Nico Gaitan, Augusto Fernandez, Juan Cala and Ruben Castro all departed Spain for a move to the Chinese Super League a couple of years ago.

Mubarak Wakaso and Daniel Carrico have been the latest to move to China, doing so last season in exchange for a total of six million euros.

Meanwhile, Premier League teams have earned 188.1m euros between 2011 and 2020 from sales to Chinese clubs, with Serie A clubs bringing in 94.4m euros, Bundesliga 56.8m euros and Ligue 1 just 17m euros.



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