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China signs 4 players from Corinthians

IT has taken just a few months for Chinese clubs to feast on Brazilian champion Corinthians.

Chinese clubs have signed four players from the Sao Paulo-based team’s starting lineup that won the league title in November. The latest to go was defender Gil, who signed this week with Shandong Luneng.

Brazilian media reported that his transfer fee was US$11 million, with a monthly salary of US$350,000.

Corinthians club President Roberto de Andrade has lamented that Chinese “clubs don’t even know my name” as they’ve closed in on Brazilian talent.

Andrade fears the club could be a shadow of itself next season, and is also embarrassed that one of Brazil’s richest teams can’t compete with China’s economic power.

Midfielder Jadson, who departed for second-division Tianjin Quanjian, and midfielder Ralf, who signed with Chinese Super League team Beijing Guo’an, left the club before Gil.

Guo’an has also signed midfielder Renato Augusto, who weeks earlier turned down an offer from German club Schalke 04.

Former Bayer Leverkusen player Renato Augusto will reportedly earn US$500,000 a month at Guo’an, four times his salary at Corinthians. He was chosen by fellow players as the top player in the 2015 Brazilian league and scored in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Peru in a World Cup qualifier in November.

Two other Corinthians players are still entertaining offers: midfielder Elias, who has been a Brazil starter under coach Dunga, and striker Alexandre Pato, who has been linked with a move to English Premier League champion Chelsea.


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