The Chinese Super League is bringing in more and more of the big names in world football with each passing transfer window.
Their latest acquisition is set to be former West Ham United, Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez. The Argentine currently plies his trade for boyhood club Boca Juniors in Argentina, but looks primed for one last big money move.
Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua have recently appointed former Sunderland manager Gus Poyet as their manager. The Uruguayan has made Tevez a top transfer target, and he recently stated that the deal was almost done, with only a few small details to be taken care of.
“I’m still waiting for 100 per cent to get permission to talk to Carlos about what’s ahead,” he told Radio La Red, according to Sport Lobster.
“I don’t want to be unfair to people. It seems that everything is done and missing some details to be announced.”
The 32-year-old Argentinian is set to become one of the world’s highest paid footballers when he joins Shanghai Shenhua. The Chinese Super League club are reportedly offering him an eye-watering £615,000 per week in wages, and this would substantially eclipse the salaries of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tevez has a storied history in Europe, where he has played with some of the biggest clubs in the world. The Argentine has won three Premier League titles, two with Manchester United and one with Manchester City, as well as two Serie A titles with Juventus.
The 32-year-old left for Boca Juniors in the summer of 2015, despite being named in the top 10 shortlist for the UEFA best Player in Europe award that year. It was reported that he dreamt of winning the Argentine Primera Division with boyhood club Boca Juniors, but that dream remains unfulfilled.
Tevez was recently linked with a return to Europe, with former club West Ham United keen to sign him up. However the move was scrapped because the Argentine wanted more money than the Hammers were willing to offer.
In this regard, Tevez will be well pleased with his move to China if the reported wages on offer are indeed what he’s going to earn.