Since the beginning of the transfer window, some big deals have been made by the clubs of Europe and Asia. Now it is time to look at the most surprising and interesting transfers that have been confirmed so far.
— Chelsea Fans (@chelseanewsonly) December 30, 2016
The first big deal of the winter happened on Dec. 23 when FC Chelsea and Shangai SIPG agreed on the price for the Brazilian midfielder Oscar, aged 25. The midfielder joined Chelsea in 2012 for 25 million of pounds. Since that, he made 200 appearances and scored 38 goals for the English club. However, when Antonio Conte headed Chelsea last summer, Oscar stopped being a starter player and found himself on the bench, so his transfer to another club was just a question of time. Nevertheless, no one could expect that the young player, who could continue his career at any top club of Europe, would prefer to go to China instead.
After that, it will be difficult for Oscar to come back to Europe and keep his place in the national team.
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 2, 2017
On Dec. 29, 2016 Shanghai Shenhua announced the signing of the Argentina forward Carlos Tevez who must have joined his new club in the early January 2017.
Tevez, who is famous for being a part of both clubs from Manchester, left Europe after the season of 2015 when he reached the Champions League final with Juventus. After that, he came back to Argentina at the age of 31 where he was planning to retire from soccer. However, the club from the Chinese League had had its own plans and proposed Tevez a contract, which made the Argentinian the most well-paid player in the world. According to some reports, Tevez will earn around 615,000 of British pounds a week.
EN LA MIRA: Stoke ha ofrecido M11£ por Axel Witzel al Zenit, sería una transferencia récord para el club. pic.twitter.com/iXRmKjN8vT
— Debate Goleador (@DebateGoleador) May 25, 2016
The most recent transfer was confirmed by FC Zenit on Jan. 3 after agreeing a deal for the Belgian midfielder Axel Witzel, who will join another Chinese club – Tianjin Quanjian. The midfielder, who would leave Zenit in summer for free, was a target for many clubs of Europe, including the Italian grand Juventus. The Belgian himself wanted to join the club from Turin, and the clubs were ready to make a deal. Everything was ready for his move to Italy in November when Witzel said he would join Juventus anyway. He even chose a number on his t-shirt, according to Italian media. However, in the last moment the Chinese club offered the Belgian midfielder a salary that he could not turn down.
As a result, he canceled his transfer to Juventus and joined his ex-teammate Hulk from FC Zenit in the Chinese Super League.