Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has snubbed the likes of Chelsea, Inter Milan, and Juventus for a move to Hebei China Fortune FC for a two-year deal. The Paris Saint-Germain forward’s contract was set to expire at the end of this campaign that led to the Argentine’s representatives to hold talks with Chelsea, Inter, and Juve.
Another Chinese Super League team was in pursuit of Lavezzi’s signature, Shanghai Shenhua were believed to be on the verge of acquiring Ezequiel’s signature. Hebei China Fortune FC instead swooped in on the 30-year-old Argentine’s services.
El Pocho’s contract at Hebei China Fortune FC is estimated to earn the former PSG forward around £23.5 million after taxes of course.
Lavezzi is only one of the plethora of star players to leave Europe for an expedition into the possibly lucrative Chinese Super League. Ezequiel Lavezzi joins the likes of Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk, Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid, Ramires from Chelsea and his new teammate, former AS Roma winger Gervinho.
This recent acquisition by Asia’s premier league has brought the current tally of money spent by China’s Super League to be around £100 million.
China’s spending for quality football talent from Europe should be sending a red alert throughout Major League Soccer. Especially since the amount of money the Chinese Super League is spending on players trumps MLS by a long shot.
The other notice for Major League Soccer is that the Chinese Super League is pulling these players away from Europe when they still have a fair amount of good years to play. Instead of being seen as a place for older players to retire and still pick up a paycheck (pension).