Transfer window closed in China

As the transfer window closes in China it puts to bed for a while all the rumours of unhappy European players heading to that 'Unnamed Chinese Club'. As Gareth Bale did not choose to come to the far east players such as Marko Arnautović, Stephan El Shaarawy and Salomón Rondón did make the move. 

Bale no more

In the English language media, too much of the Chinese transfer news is made up of players who never make the move. This was seen in this transfer window with stories coming from every angle that Gareth Bale would make the move to the CSL on a £1million a week. 

I imagine there was truth to these stories and what it was at the end that made his move to Jiangsu Suning collapse is unclear but that it did. Let's then look at the big moves that have taken place in China during the summer months. 

Arnautović moves to Shanghai SIPG

The biggest move of the window as got to be the Austrian Marko Arnautović making the move to the CSL. As he is a player who engineered his move away from West Ham by kicking up a fuss there was many that thought who could be the new Carlos Tevez in the league.

Although the signs so far are good and the attacker looks to of settled into life in Shanghai well. This is seen with two goals from two matches so far. As his side step up their title challenge it will be interesting to see if he keeps up these high levels. 

Many more moves

There was, of course, lots of other transfer news and during the window, we have also seen Rafael Benítez join Dalian Yifang and just this week Bruno Génésio take charge of Beijing Guoan.

Then at the top, we saw Elkeson rejoin Guangzhou Evergrande from Shanghai SIPG with the Brazilian looking to become a nationalised Chinese player. He marked his return with a hattrick against local rivals Guangzhou R&F.

Then at the bottom, Beijing Renhe and Shanghai Shenhua signed strikers in a desperate attempt to stay in the league. With Beijing Renhe it looks too little too late with the side still rock bottom having not won since the 1st June. Their new striker Elvis Manu as not helped too as the attacker having played twice as no goals. 

Turning the attention to Shanghai Shenhua their double attacking signing of El Shaarawy and Shin-Wook looks to of worked as they have three league wins in a row. Although the Italian El Shaarawy is yet to feature for his new club. 

Meanwhile, Kim Shin-Wook of South Korea looks to be the best signing of the summer as he's picked up a hattrick in one match and three goals in his other three matches for his new club. 

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