Transfer Round-Up

We have now seen the end of the transfer window around Europe, although the window is still open in China and around Asia. You would now imagine however few clubs will let a player go around Europe now they can not bring in a replacement. Let's now have a look at the big transfer stories around East Asia. 


The early story of the transfer window in China was, of course, the news that Carlos Tevez chose to leave to return to Argentina. His spell in China will not be remembered for anything other than him not ever attempting to play football.  The biggest transfer to join the Super League was the once team-mate of Carlos Tevez, Javier. Mascherano joined Hebei China Fortune this week leaving Barcelona after over 7 very successful years at the club. He will have the ex-Arsenal man Gervinho and fellow countryman Ezequiel Lavezzi as teammates to help him settle in. Another former English top flight player was on the move in China Nikica Jelavić. Jelavić moved from Beijing Renhe to Guizhou Hengfeng.  

There have been many other moves around China and with plenty of time to go I suspect much more will come about. Although I do not think there will be any big movers from Europe to China now till at least the summer. As reported earlier in the week the Rangers FC man Morelos was subject to a rejected bid by Beijing Renhe. Although the news in Scotland is mixed on this as to what the truth is about the value of these bids and which clubs they did in-fact come from.  

The other big news is that apparently, Ozil of Arsenal turned down a move to China this January, he then signed a three-year contract at Arsenal to put any transfer stories to bed. Earlier in the month we also reported the possibility of Aubameyang heading to China this is of course off now after his move to Arsenal.  

South Korea 

Over in South Korea, it was not the same glamour transfers as in China but still very interesting as the K League 1 will start back on the 1st March there is a lot to look forward to. We did see a move from China to South Korea also with Carlos Adriano de Sousa Cruz moving from Shijiazhuang Ever Bright to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors.  

A player from down under known to fans in Scotland and of course Australia is Dylan McGowan the brother of Ryan McGowan who moved on loan to Gangwon FC. While Niall McGinn also well known in Scotland moved back to Aberdeen after a season with Gwangju FC. 


The first transfer that jumps out to fans looking into the J League from outside would be that of the Brazilian striker Jô. The former Everton and Manchester City striker signed this month for Nagoya Grampus from Corinthians in Brazil. As we talked about this week already we got to see another Thailand import come to Japan. 

This is big news for fans of football in Thailand and the whole of ASEAN as that part of the continent is desperate for football success. The Thai player in question is Teerasil Dangda. Dangda moved from Thai club Muangthong United to Sanfrecce Hiroshima ready for the new season.  

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