(Yicai Global) Dec. 15 – The Chinese Super League is about to get another high-profile international football star in the latest example of a series of expensive transfers to an aspiring football league. Some media reports have linked the Brazilian player of the English Premier League's Chelsea Football Club, Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, with Shanghai SIPG.
Chelsea FC have already accepted a EUR60-million (USD63 million) offer from Shanghai SIPG for the 25-year-old Brazilian player, the media reports claim. According to UK's Daily Telegraph, Oscar will become the fourth most expensive player transferred to other clubs, ranking behind Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez if the deal goes ahead. Shanghai SIPG will pay Oscar around GBP18.2 million (USD22.8 million) a year.
Although both parties concerned have not made an official announcement about the deal yet, Oscar said, when interviewed by a Brazilian TV program yesterday, that his transfer to Shanghai SIPG has been settled by 90 percent, and now they are only negotiating some details in the contract.
Shanghai SIPG was founded by Xu Genbao, a famous Chinese football coach, who once said that he was to build "the Manchester United of China." In 2014, Shanghai International Port (Group) Co., a state-owned enterprise dealing with port businesses, acquired the club for CNY200 million (USD 28.4 million). Shanghai SIPG signed up Brazilian striker Givanildo Hulk for EUR56 million in June this year. On Nov. 4, Shanghai SIPG announced that the famous Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas, who previously managed Premier League clubs Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, will serve as the club's head coach in the new season.