The eight most expensive foreign players the league has inducted came with total transfer fees of almost CNY1.7 billion (USD245 million).
Givanildo Vieira de Souza joined Shanghai SIPG from the Russian Premier League team Zenit. Nicknamed the 'Hulk,' he joined the league in July 2016 to become the league's most expensive player, with a EUR55.8 million (USD59 million) transfer fee.
Texeira, a powerful shooter from Ukraine's Shaktar Donetsk, joined Jiangsu Suning with a EUR50 million (USD52.7 million) price tag in February 2016.
Jackson Martinez joined Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao from Spain's Atletico Madrid in February 2016 for EUR42 million (USD44.3 million).
Ramires left English club Chelsea to join Jiangsu Suning in January 2016 at a EUR28 million (USD29.5 million) fee.
After renewing his Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao contract, Elkeson moved to Shanghai SIPG with a transfer fee of EUR18.5 million (USD19.5 million).
Pelle moved from England's Southampton FC to Shandong Luneng Taishan in July 2016 for EUR18 million (USD19 million).
Anthony Ujah left the German Bundesliga's Werder Bremen to join Liaoning Hongyun in July 2016 for EUR13 million (USD13.7 million).
Roger Martinez left Argentinian Racing de Avellaneda for Jiangsu Suning in July 2016, for a transfer fee of EUR8.9 million (USD9.4 million).