The veteran Australian midfielder cancelled his contract with Red Bulls by mutual agreement to sign with Shanghai, as per the BBC.
Former Everton favourite Cahill is 35-years-old now, but he proved at last year’s World Cup that he could still cut it at the top level of the game. A memorable strike against the Netherlands was his best moment as Australia performed well, and it is a surprise to see him move to China instead of a more competitive league.
Although there were no indications that he had offers from England - even though a return to Everton would do the club well at this moment in time - a report in Italian media outlet TMW has claimed that Cahill was approached by La Liga club Real Sociedad about signing for them - with current La Real boss David Moyes the man who brought him to Goodison Park.
The duo worked together for a number of years on Merseyside, with Cahill one of the key figures in the Toffees side who continually performed well in the Premier League. There is no denying the Australian international’s influence at Goodison Park, and one might suggest that the Toffees let him leave the club too early in his career.
As claimed in the TMW report, Sociedad made a late move for Cahill before he agreed to sign with Shanghai, but he turned the option down to embrace the growing market of Chinese football. As quoted by the earlier BBC story, Cahill said: “I've done the Premier League, I've done America. New York was amazing for me. China is a growing market in football.”