Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi has become the latest Premier League player to complete a switch to the Chinese Super League after signing for Tianjin Teda following protracted negotiations that ended with the Nigerian putting pen to paper on a reported three-year deal worth an estimated £140,000 per week (HK$1.34 million).
The 29-year-old Mikel, who hasn’t even made the bench this season have been denied since new manager Antonio Conte at Chelsea, after spending 11 years since 2006.
The Nigeria international who also held talks with Valencia, while Marseille and Inter Milan have also shown interest, but Tianjin had taken the lead with a three-year contract worth £140,000-a-week to swap Europe for the riches of Asia's emerging football market.
It is a substantially increase on his current salary, £85,000-a-week and the midfielder will meet the likes of former team-mates Ramires, Demba Ba and Oscar, who made a £60m switch to Shanghai SIPG earlier, also Carlos Tevez who became the world’s highest paid player after completing his China move, all in the Chineses Super League.
The move comes hours after a government spokesman announced that China will put limits on the wild spending of its football clubs after a spree that has seen the lowly Chinese Super League become one of the world’s most appealing leagues for top players with its financial muscle.