It is time for China to come to the scene. Indeed, “Chinese football has sent shockwaves through the European ranks,” notes the Sun. In a shocking move, Atletico Madrid has sold Jackson Martinez for £31.9M to Chinese team Guangzhou Evergrande.
The Club is also known as South China Tigers and is managed by Luiz Felipe Scolari. Though the record move is being hailed as one of the most bold decision since Jackson Martinez hasn’t really made a mark in the La Liga this season.
The 29-year-old Martinez, who was struggling in Spain, made a move to Atletico Madrid last summer from Porto. The Sun quotes, “It is the biggest transfer in Asian football history — and the Colombian will join former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho in the Chinese Super League.”
Even Chelsea mid-fielder Ramires made a move to Jiangsu Suning last month which is a worrying factor in the European Club circuit. The Asian transfer window is scheduled to close on Feb. 26.
— MARCA (@marca) February 2, 2016
— GZ Evergrande FC (@GZEvergrandeFC) February 3, 2016
OFFICIAL: Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao have completed the signing of Jackson Martinez (29) from At. Madrid for €42M. pic.twitter.com/imQIiMnFdm
— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) February 3, 2016
The Social media reacted in astonishment after the historic US$46Million or AU$65.3 million move.
"How much do you want for Jackson Martinez?
"Well we just bought him six months a…" pic.twitter.com/urYD0wTfJQ
— Zito (@_Zeets) February 2, 2016
Well, that completely came out of the blue. Another big move for the China Super League, Jackson Martinez gone – https://t.co/VNqsOxmiDO
— Andrew Jerell Jones (@sluggahjells) February 2, 2016
Last year Atletico’s director Jose Luis Perez Caminero expressed his satisfaction when Jackson was brought to play in Madrid.
With this move China now wants to compete at the highest level. Fox Sports quotes, “It is a direct result of the Chinese government’s mandate for the national team to win the FIFA World Cup within 24 years.”
China’s ambition is being observed in Europe and this shows that they do not want to lag behind the popular clubs. The money being offered is huge too. Martinez has only made 15 league appearances this whole season scoring only two goals. His track record was exceptional with Porto. He had scored 92 goals in just 132 games during his three-year stint with Porto.
China will be looking forward to more such signings in the near future.