Other stars who could head to China


Chelsea striker on loan from Monaco, 29: The China Super League transfer window does not close until Feb 26, offering the Colombian a way out of the Premier League, reported the Guardian.

He has not enjoyed his time in England, failing to impress at both Manchester United and Chelsea. With the Blues signing Alexandre Pato and keeping Loic Remy at the club, Falcao was keen to return to Spain but moves to former club Atletico Madrid and Valencia did not materialise.


Manchester City midfielder, 32: His career at Barcelona ended in 2010 when Pep Guardiola was at the Nou Camp helm. With the Spaniard set to manage Manchester City next season, Toure's agent has already suggested that the Ivorian will leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer.

According to the Telegraph, at least three Chinese clubs have expressed an interest in signing Toure, with Jiangsu Suning keen to pay him £30 million (S$62.3 million) a year after tax.


Chelsea centre-back, 35: The Chelsea captain may yet have a future at Stamford Bridge despite announcing that he will leave the club at the end of the season. But, if his 21-year association with the Blues does end, he will not want to face the possibility of playing against them with his new club.

That not only rules out English Premier League clubs but European sides too. China is expected to be among his most likely destinations, said the Times. He was there last summer as an ambassador of football culture for the Guangzhou Football Association.


Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder, 26: Liverpool may yet regret failing to capture him in last month's transfer window.

According to the Daily Express, Jiangsu and Guangzhou Evergrande are ready to rival the Reds for his services in the summer. While Liverpool tried to get the midfielder for £25 million, the Chinese sides are prepared to pay €50 million (S$78.3 million).


Galatasaray forward, 30: German tabloid Bild has reported that Shanghai Shenhua have offered the German World Cup winner a contract that would earn him €9 million a year.

A second Shanghai outfit - Shanghai SIPG, who are managed by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson - are also reportedly interested in the former Arsenal forward.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2016, with the headline 'Other stars who could head to China'. Print Edition | Subscribe