Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino
The Chinese transfer window opened yesterday and it has been announced there will be a 100% tax on all foreign signings, as reported by the BBC.
New research shows that despite flashing cash at players like Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa and now Ronaldo the Chinese Super League is still worth a fraction of other leagues around the world.
Tottenham have not won the league in 56 years and have failed to get their hands on any silverware since 2008.
But the north Londoners should have no real worries about warding off any potential interest in their star players from China given the fact they are one of six Premier League clubs to be worth more than the entire league.
The Chinese clubs are making a reputation for themselves by throwing money at global stars, but research from Bonus Code Bets found that the Chinese league’s value of £317m is lower than each top-six side from the 2016/17 Premier League season.
Spurs finished second last term but rank fifth on the list of the most valuable squads behind Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United with a total worth of £364.65m, based on market values according to https://www.transfermarkt.co.u
Cristiano Ronaldo is the subject of intense speculation
The least valuable of these clubs - Liverpool - currently has a squad worth £21 million more than every player in China’s top tier combined.
In fact, combining the transfer values of players from last season’s bottom four clubs (Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Hull and Watford) totals £350 million, which eclipses the value of all Super League players.
Compared to leagues as a whole, players in China are worth just 8% of the Premier League, 10% of Spain’s La Liga and 14% of the German Bundesliga.
Against other leagues across the globe, China does not fare much better. Both the Portuguese and Turkish top divisions are over double the value of the Chinese equivalent and even accounting for number of teams in the league, the average total value per side is still £20 million less in China.
However, the league is catching-up fast. Its worth has doubled since 2012 and, despite being founded 11 years earlier than the Chinese Super League, the USA’s Major League Soccer is home to players worth £319 million – almost identical to the value of the much younger Chinese competition.
Ex Spurs star Paulinho
To improve the prestige and appeal of the division, Super League clubs often import players from abroad and the stats reveal a preference for South American talent including Hulk, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Carlos Tevez. Since the league’s inception in 2004, over a third of all non-Chinese players bought were from South America (36%), particularly from Brazil (27%).
Spurs' own former Brazilian midfielder Paulinho set something of benchmark when he signed for Guangzhou Evergrande for £10m back in 2015.
The influence of European imports has been on the decline – over the last five years, the number of Europeans as a proportion of all foreign squad members has dropped from 28% to just 18%. Brazilians alone make up 50% more of all of this season’s players than the total of those from European nations.
Tottenham's Harry Kane celebrates
Spurs star Harry Kane has been valued at £100m while Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose would also fetch lofty fees if they were on the market.
Of course China's emergence has inflated values somewhat so it is quite something that Pochettino's side can boast to be worth more than their entire league.
Player value by league