Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, among the Chinese Super League's biggest-ever signings as CSL transfer window opens again

Sport360 staff 16/06/2017

Chinese clubs spent heavily in recent transfer windows as the Chinese Super League (CSL) hit the headlines with a number of big-name, big-money signings.

Ahead of the opening of China's four-week transfer window on Monday, here are five major signings by CSL teams and how they have fared:

OSCAR (SHANGHAI SIPG)

The biggest transfer in Asian football history saw SIPG manager Andre Villas-Boas sign a fellow Chelsea alumnus, attacking midfielder Oscar, for a whopping €60million.

Arriving to a hero's welcome in January, Oscar immediately started repaying his hefty price tag with goals in the AFC Champions League as the Shanghai side set up a forthcoming quarter-final clash with Chinese rivals Guangzhou Evergrande.

The 25-year-old Brazilian international quickly became a fans' favourite.

CARLOS TEVEZ (SHANGHAI SHENHUA)

Shenhua also made waves in Shanghai in January by signing Tevez, the former Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus striker, from Boca Juniors on a reported annual salary of 38 million euros, making him one of the world's highest-paid footballers.

But the Argentine forward, 33, has failed to win over the fans and infuriated them after being spotted at Disneyland the same day he missed an important match due to injury.

Tevez is now in danger of becoming a hate figure at the club.

HULK (SHANGHAI SIPG)

The bulldozer of a Brazilian forward, 30, has been a huge success since signing for 56 million euros last year from Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

The 30-year-old international bullies defences in the CSL and AFC Champions League, and together with Oscar and fellow Brazilian Elkeson comprises a terrifying forward three that would cut it in any league in the world.

However, he hit trouble when he was accused of punching the assistant coach of an opposing team. Hulk and Shanghai SIPG denied the allegation.

JACKSON MARTINEZ (GUANGZHOU EVERGRANDE)

The Colombian predator arrived in China from Atletico Madrid in 2016 for an eye-watering 42 million euros with a big reputation and after reportedly rejecting interest from the English Premier League.

But while Guangzhou top the CSL, the 30-year-old forward has spectacularly failed to make an impact because of injury and poor form, and has been linked with a move away from China, and he could be shipped out in the coming weeks with his career in tatters.

ALEXANDRE PATO (TIANJIN QUANJIAN)

The Brazilian is enjoying his football again and has hit six goals in 12 games this season for an unremarkable Tianjin side.

Pato was touted as Brazil's next superstar when, as a twinkle-toed 17-year-old, he shone as part of the Internacional side that beat Barcelona in the 2006 Club World Cup, breaking Pele's record as the youngest scorer in a FIFA competition.

A move to European giants AC Milan followed but after initial success, injuries took their toll and his career stalled badly before Tianjin swooped for 18 million euros to take him off Villarreal's hands.

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Just a kid: The 18-year-old won't be renewing his Milan deal.

With the transfer window set to open next month, the frenetic nature of speculation is ever increasing!

Here, we take a look at the latest stories doing the rounds in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Real Madrid have moved a step closer to signing the AC Milan goalkeeper, according to reports in Spain.

The teenage shot-stopper announced on Thursday that he will not be signing a new contract with the San Siro side, with his current deal due to expire at the end of next season.

Donnarumma’s decision to reject new terms means it’s highly likely he will leave Serie A this summer and Los Blancos view the prodigious Italy international as a perfect replacement for Keylor Navas, who has often come under heavy scrutiny between the Madrid sticks.

Although Whites boss Zinedine Zidane has recently backed Navas in public, Marca have reported that Real want Donnarumma as their new long-term goalkeeper – much in the same vein as club legend Iker Casillas – and are expected to act quickly to clinch a huge deal.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, is famed for getting his clients what they want and you can be sure that he is negotiating the best deal possible and a big transfer for the 18-year-old in the summer transfer window.

AS Roma's Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko (not seen) scores against AC Milan's goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma during the Italian Serie A football match AC Milan vs AS Roma at the San Siro stadium in Milan on Mai 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Talent that belies his early years: Donnarumma.

KEITA BALDE

The Lazio striker is being touted for a move to the Premier League, according to several reports in the English press.

Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton have been casting their eyes over the 22-year-old hitman while Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham are also keen on signing the Senegalese star.

Balde hit 15 goals in 30 Serie A appearances last term and is reportedly valued at £30 million, as revealed by the Daily Mirror.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
Each of the three aforementioned Premier League outfits need to strengthen in attack but Lazio’s steep asking price may prove to be a stumbling block – in addition to the 22-year-old’s lack of experience outside Italy.

FLORENCE, ROMA - MAY 13: Keita Balde Dioa of SS Lazio celebrates a openng goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and SS Lazio at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 13, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images)

Balde enjoyed a prolific season last term.

GERARD DEULOFEU

The future of the Spanish winger looks all the more clearer as Barcelona try to tie up a permanent deal for the Everton star.

Deulofeu, who impressed during a loan spell at AC Milan last term – earning a first senior call-up for his country in the process, has made no secret of his desire to move back to the Catalan club for good.

New boss Ernesto Valverde feels the winger can make the right attacking forward role his own next season and wants to exercise Barca’s €12 million buy-back clause (which is valid until the end of June) – that was agreed with the Toffees when the two sides done business two years ago.

It is unlikely Deulofeu will feature in an Everton shirt again and according to Sport, Barca could clinch the transfer very soon.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT:
The 23-year-old failed to impress Ronald Koeman on Merseyside during the first-half of last season, and despite enjoying a fantastic few months at the San Siro, Everton are likely to be happy to cash in and sell the talent back to his boyhood club.

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 21: Gerard Deulofeu of AC Milan looks on during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Bologna FC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 21, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Impressive: The diminutive Spaniard enjoyed a good stint at Milan.

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There's been plenty of transfer activity.

What do you make of the following transfer news?

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JORDAN PICKFORD

Everton have completed the signing of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland for a club record £30million fee.

The 23-year-old, who is currently with the England Under-21s preparing for the European Championships in Poland, has agreed a five-year deal.

Pickford told evertonfc.com: “It’s great to sign for the club.

“Last season was my first in the Premier League so to get this opportunity with Everton now, to be able to go forward with my career and show everyone what I can do is unbelievable.”

HARRY MAGUIRE

Leicester have signed defender Harry Maguire from Hull for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old had a year remaining on his contract at Hull but following the club’s relegation from the Premier League he has joined the Foxes on a five-year deal.

Maguire becomes the club’s first signing since Craig Shakespeare agreed a three-year deal as full-time Leicester boss last week.

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has put Europe’s top clubs on high alert after choosing against renewing his AC Milan contract.

The 18-year-old has made over 70 appearances for the Rossoneri since making a surprise breakthrough in October 2015 and many fine performances have attracted attention from high places.

Serie A champions Juventus, LaLiga winners Real Madrid and Premier League club Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the young stopper and he appears to be on his way out of San Siro following an announcement by Milan on Thursday afternoon.

In quotes carried by La Gazzetta dello Sport, club director Marco Fassone told a press conference: “We are disheartened. (Donnarumma’s agent) Mino Raiola has conveyed to me Donnarumma’s decision not to renew. It’s his final decision.”

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 15: Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan gestures during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 15, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images )

Donnarumma has put European football’s top clubs on red alert.

JOHN TERRY

Harry Redknapp has made “a good offer” to John Terry in a bid to bring the former England captain to Birmingham.

Terry will be a free agent on July 1 after ending his 22-year association with Chelsea at the end of last season.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with the 36-year-old centre-half, but Blues boss Redknapp hopes to tempt him into the Championship.

“I’d love to have him at the football club,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“He’s a fantastic captain and great leader.

“We’ve made him a good offer and we have done the best we can. It’s up to John now, but we would love him at Birmingham.

“He played for me the other week in Michael Carrick’s testimonial. I had John at the back with Jamie Carragher and I would have them two together all day long. They were fantastic.

“I had a chat with him and said to him come in – he’s doing his coaching badges – have a year or two and who knows what he wants to do in the future?”

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