Chinese $$$$

Is Chinese money going to steal all the best players in the world away from Europe?  Should these players go to China for the money? This seems like the hot topic right now as the January transfer window is open and many players are being speculated with big money moves.  Last year we saw Jackson Martinez (Atletico Madrid), Ramires (Chelsea), Paulinho (Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (Southampton), and Alex Teixeira (Shakhtar) all leave for massive amounts of money.  This year we have already seen Oscar leave Chelsea and Hulk leave Zenit for a lot of money.  Now it seems that every player is linked with a move over to China.  Yaya Toure and Diego Costa are now rumored to leave this January.  This has a lot of people shaking their heads wondering why are these players seemingly at the top of their games are leaving.  The answer is simple, money.  These players are being offered salaries that right now the major European leagues cannot offer these players.  This money is having a big impact on the game.  As fans, we hope that every player that pulls on the shirt is loyal to our club, but we must realize that they are their own brand and have families and friends to worry about just like we do.  We must realize that they are going to go for this kind of money because let’s be honest, so would you.  800,000 Euros a week is a crazy sum of money and means that Carlos Tevez’s kids’ kids’ kids will be financially stable.  The Chinese FA did put some new rules in place this past week that limits the number of foreign players on each team.  This should curb some of the spending this January but might mean that we just see 1 or 2 players leave for big money instead of the mass exits that we are seeing now.  This has been interesting to watch and I am sure we will continue to see more and more names rumored with moves to China.  One day the Chinese League could be one of the most competitive in the world, especially if they continue to recruit players in their primes.

Two Games to Watch This Weekend

Saturday – Manchester City vs. Tottenham in the Premier League.  A win for Tottenham would almost eliminate City from the title race and give Pep a large headache.  A win for City and they are right back in the title race and things could turn around.

Sunday – Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid in La Liga.  Two teams that have been struggling this season with both hoping to be closer to the top of the table.  Athletic need to win to stay in the race for the top 4.  Atletico need a win to draw closer to the top 3 and keep their distance from the chasing pack.

What is happening this week…

1.       The second round of the group stage of the African Cup of Nations is this week.  Watch for Algeria to try and get a massive three points.

2.       The Copa del Rey takes place this week as well.  Real Sociedad hosts Barcelona in the headline matchup.  Real Madrid suffered their second straight defeat as they lost 2-1 against Celta Vigo.

3.       The Coppa Italia is in the round of 16 now with the final half of those games taking place.  Roma host Sampdoria tomorrow.

4.       FA Cup replays take place tonight.  Liverpool defeated Plymouth Argyle, Southampton defeated Norwich City, and Newcastle defeated Birmingham.

A Headline from Last Weekend for Each League

Premier League – Manchester City suffer worst defeat of Pep’s career in 4-0 loss to Everton.

Primera Division – Real Madrid see unbeaten run end in final 5 minutes against Sevilla thanks to an own goal from Ramos and beautiful strike from new signing Jovetic.

Serie A – Fiorentina open up title race with massive win over Juventus as the rest of top 4 all won.

Ligue 1 – Monaco is now top thanks to their 4-1 win over Marseille and Nice drawing 0-0 with Metz.

Bundesliga – Still in hibernation but they return this weekend.

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