Chinese Super League clubs are preparing moves for four of the Premier League’s most coveted England stars, according to reports on Saturday.
The Daily Mail claims Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Harry Kane, as well as Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge and Everton’s Ross Barkley, will be offered deals that could see them earn up to a staggering £800,000 a week.
Many of the players moving to China have been in the latter stages of their career – but Chinese Super League clubs have shown they mean business this summer by luring the likes of Oscar and Carlos Tevez with record-breaking wages.
And now Chinese Super League clubs are ready to blow their Premier League counterparts out of the water by offering wages which, in the case of Alli and Kane, could see them earn 10 times what they’re currently earning at White Hart Lane.
The Mail claims representatives from the CSL have contacted intermediaries with a view to executing their plan.
The Chinese believe luring a major English talent will add credibility to the competition.
Wayne Rooney and John Terry, both in their 30s, remain targets for Chinese clubs but securing one of England’s finest emerging stars is now the priority.
Whether a player who fits that profile is prepared to give up Premier League and European football to play in China remains to be seen.
John Obi Mikel became the latest Premier League player to move to China on Friday when he left Stamford Bridge to sign for Shanghai SIPG, where he is under the management of another ex-Chelsea man, Andre Villas-Boas.