As if to remind us that they haven’t gone away, the Chinese Super League are flexing their muscles in the transfer market once again.
Given their penchant for recruiting Brazilians – with the likes of Ramires, Paulinho and Alex Teixeira all having made the move east within the past year, they have apparently added another South American superstar to their ranks.
Multiple sources are today claiming that Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG have completed the signing of Zenit St. Petersburg forward Hulk, with the 29 year old set to arrive in Beijing tomorrow morning.
A €55m deal is set to be concluded in the coming days, which set a new record for the CSL – eclipsing the €50m paid by Jiagnsu Suning for Alex Teixeira to Shakhtar in January.
Sources have stated that he could receive somewhere in the region of €20m per year in wages.
Shanghai SIPG official confirmed Hulk will arrive in Pudong Airport at 9:55am (Beijing time) tomorrow (LH728). pic.twitter.com/3p8owQpCja
— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) June 28, 2016
Hulk moved to the Russian side in 2012 for €60m, but in recent times has been linked with a move away from the Krestoksvy Stadium.
It will be his second spell in Asia, having spent three years in Japan earlier in his career.
Shanghai, managed by former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, finished second in the CSL last season, but have thus far struggled, residing in fourth place and just outside the AFC Champions League places.
Indeed, there is thought to be massive unrest at the club – Eriksson is fighting for his job after a winless run of five games.
After a busy January, the CSL has been rather quiet on the transfer front so far this summer. The €55m arrival of a Brazilian international may yet spark it into action.