Tuesday, January 19, 2021

CSL set to cause chaos in closing days of January window

The Chinese Super League (CSL) could be set to cause chaos in the closing days of the January transfer window, with reports stating that a slew of star players are looking to move away from the league due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country.

I’m not sure which rock you’ve been living under if you’re yet to hear of the new coronavirus outbreak in Asia, I’ll leave a nifty ‘everything you need to know’ link here, just to fill you in. This ongoing outbreak has led to a delay in the start of the CSL, with the Chinese Football Association postponing all games due to the rapidly spreading virus (makes sense).

Sky Sports are reporting that a number of high profile players may look for a move away from China for the next season, whether it be temporary or permanent, as a way of securing playing time for the upcoming season.


There are a number of reasons as to why players will be looking to move away. Firstly, the CFA are still unsure when the season may actually be able to start and with little knowledge as to when this outbreak may be contained, it’s entirely possible that there may not be a CSL season this year.

Secondly, more obviously, there may be some players that are wanting to put as much distance between themselves and this virus as possible, as they look for a move back to Europe, away from the heavily infected areas.

As for which players might be looking for a move, just take a look at the list below to give you an idea of who might be on their way out:

  • Yannick Carrasco
  • Moussa Dembele
  • Marouane Fellaini
  • Graziano Pelle
  • Eder
  • Stephan El Shaarawy
  • Marek Hamsik
  • Paulinho
  • Hulk
  • Oscar
  • Anderson Talisca
  • Leo Baptistao
  • Miranda
  • Salamon Rondon
  • Yaya Toure
  • Marko Arnautovic

Reports suggest that a number of Premier League teams are reaching out to CSL teams in order to understand who, if anyone, may be available. With the transfer window coming to an end very soon it’s vital that these moves go ahead quickly, if anything is going to happen at all.

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