Chinese whispers scarce after rules put brakes on CSL’s megastar transfers

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Not long ago China threatened to upset the established order but a hefty levy on imports means it is no longer the leading destination for big names after another payday

‘Great Wad of China”, “Great Walk of China”, “Chinese Takeaway” “Forbidden City!” (for a story about Kasper Schmeichel not leaving Leicester), “China Crisis!” “There is no China Crisis!” A genre of UK headlines could soon become redundant after the latest intervention by the Beijing government in its flagship football competition, the Chinese Super League, came into force.

At the midpoint of the CSL season Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande, champions for the past six seasons, are four points clear at the top; Jiangsu Suning, coached by Fabio Capello, are in the relegation zone. But, in the middle of a month-long transfer window (the equivalent of the January market in the Premier League), excitable rumours linking European-based players with moves to east Asia have been notable by their absence.

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