The Chinese Transfer Window: Super League Roundup

The transfer window in the Chinese Super League closed recently and we at Chinesesuperleague.uk take a look at how each club did, all the way from Beijng to Yanbian with the full list of all the ins and outs.

Beijing Guoan

IN:

Ziming Wang (Qingdao Jonoon) £439k

Weichen Ning (Cova Piedade, Portugal) Free transfer

OUT:

Ziming Wang (Qingdao Jonoon) Loan

Roger Schmidt did almost nothing this window. He only brought in two Chinese talents in Ziming Wan, from Qingdao Jonoon, who was immediately loaned back to the third tier team, and Weichen Ning, who has nine caps and two goals for China U19, from Portuguese side Cova Piedade.

Changchun Yatai

IN:

OUT:

Shuai Pei (Tianjin Quanjian) £2.23m

Shipeng Yan (Shaanxi Chang’an Athletic) Loan

Deming Han (Shaanxi Chang’an Athletic) Loan

No one in, but centre back Shuai Pei left for Tianjin Quanjian in mid-June for 2.2 million and they haven’t looked like they’ve missed him much since then. Some good business for the mid-table side.

Chongqing Lifan

IN:

Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) £10.20m

Junjian Liao (Hebei China Fortune) Loan

OUT:

Xu Xu (Granada B) End of loan

We have the only deal to break the 10 million-mark ladies and gentlemen. It comes from mid-table Chongqing Lifan and they have bought Borussia Dortmund’s backup striker Adrian Ramos, who hasn’t impressed anyone since his last season in Hertha Berlin a few years back. It will be interesting to see if he can shoot Chongqing to a Champions League spot. If not this year then maybe next. Chinese right back Junjian Liao could be a potentially great loan deal from Hebei.

Guangzhou Evergrande

IN:

Muriqui (No club) Free transfer

Boxuan Feng (Torreense, Portugal) Unknown fee

Yubiao Deng (Pinhalnovense, Portugal) Unknown

OUT:

Hyung-Il Kim (Bucheon, South Korea) Free transfer

Evergrande has done it quite well this window, they managed to keep Paulinho despite the reported interest from Barcelona and they have brought back club legend Muriqui (read all about him here) to bolster an already impressive attack, for absolutely nothing, as they try to go for a treble of the league, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. The other two are Chinese prospects for the future.

Out the door went Korean Hyung-Il Kim who has done absolutely nothing since joining from Jeonbuk in January, he returned to Korea and Bucheon, having never been in a single matchday squad.

Guangzhou R&F

IN:

Wanshun Yang (Jiangsu Yancheng Dingli) £88k

Sölvi Ottesen (Buriram United) Free transfer

Di Zhu (R&F, Hong Kong) End of loan

Yunlong Fu (R&F, Hong Kong) End of loan

Jiajian Mai (R&F, Hong Kong) End of loan

OUT:

Dongxu Tu (Meizhou Meixian Techand) Free transfer

Hyun-Soo Jang (Tokyo, Japan) Unknown

Chensong Pei (R&F, Hong Kong) Loan

Xhinhui Wang (R&F, Hong Kong) Loan

Zhanhao Liang (R&F, Hong Kong) Loan

Yongfeng Liang (R&F, Hong Kong) Loan

R&F have a plan of tightening up their defence as they bring in Icelandic wrecking ball Sölvi Ottesen, who has previously played for Wuhan Zall and Jiangsu in China and has plenty of experience. Wanshun Yang is brought in with a view for the future while the transfers have flowed as the Pearl River between Guangzhou R&F and the R&F team that is playing in the Hong Kong Premier League and is considered a development team for the Chinese boys.

Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng

IN:

Wei Du (Hebei China Fortune) Loan

Ruben Castro (Real Betis, Spain) Loan

Mario Suarez (Watford, England) Loan

OUT:

The newly promoted side has also been busy and have done some shrewd business in bringing in Mario Suarez (read all about him here) from Watford and long time La Liga journeyman Ruben Castro from Real Betis. Castro is a proven goalscorer and should add extremely valuable goals to the Guizhou tally while Mario Suarez should be a very, very capable midfielder at this level.

Hebei China Fortune

IN:

Gaël Kakuta (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain) End of loan

Ersan Gülüm (Besiktas, Turkey) End of loan

OUT:

Wei Du (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng) Loan

Junjian Liao (Chongqing Lifan) Loan

Gaël Kakuta (Amiens, France) Free transfer

Hernanes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Loan

Ersan Gülüm (Adelaide United, Brazil) Loan

Nothing much happening in Hebei at the moment. Gaël Kakuta and Ersan Gülüm came back and left again without much further ado. Out went a big name in former Inter and Juventus player Hernanes who hasn’t featured since Matchday Six. He left on loan to his boyhood club Sao Paulo for the rest of the season.

Henan Jianye

IN:

Ricardo Vaz Te (Akhisarspor, Turkey) Free transfer

Osman Sow (Emirates Club, UAE) End of loan

OUT:

Henan get back Osman Sow from loan and bring in former West Ham and Portsmouth player Ricardo Vaz Te on a free as they try to stay afloat in the league. Not the most inspiring of signings but it could be what they need in terms of speed up front.

Jiangsu Suning

IN:

Benjamin Moukandjo (Lorient, France) £4.68m

Erpan Ezimjan (Xinjiang Youth) Free transfer

Jiajun Huang (Oriental Dragon, Portugal) Unknown

Trent Sainsbury (Inter, Italy) End of loan

OUT:

Wenxiang Gu (Meizhou Meixian Techand) £55k

Jiangsu Suning might have done very well this window. The return of Trent Sainsbury from Inter could see them shore up the defence and the signing of Cameroonian powerhouse Benjamin Moukandjo, who scored on his debut and had 13 in 25 for Lorient in Ligue 1 last year, could well mean that they have bought their way out of relegation trouble for the remainder of the season.

The only one out the door was Wenxinang Gu and he won’t be missed sorely. The 26-year old only featured in one Champions League match this season and left for more game time all the way down in the third tier with Meizhou.

Liaoning Whowin

IN:

Oliver Boumal (Panathinaikos, Greece) Free transfer

Christian Bekamenga (Balikesirspor) Free transfer

OUT:

James Holland (LASK Linz, Austria) Free transfer

Not much has happened at Liaoning but they have brought in two attacking Cameroonians on a free to try and end the horrible, horrible form they are in. Perhaps it will work.

Shandong Luneng

IN:

Jingzong Wei (Felgueiras, Portugal) Unknown

Peng Cui (No club) Free transfer

OUT:

Yuchen Zhou (R&F, Hong Kong) Loan

Nothing of note happening in Shandong either. They bring in one talent and one seasoned veteran who has been without a club since January.

Shanghai Shenhua

IN:

Jiawei Liu (La Roda, Spain) Free transfer

Zhao Chen (Pozuelo, Spain) Unknown

Demba Ba (Besiktas, Turkey) End of loan

Paulo Henrique (Sport Recife, Brazil) End of loan

OUT:

Yun Wang (Shanghai Shenxin) Loan

Paulo Henrique (Akhisarspor, Turkey) Free transfer

Underperforming Shenhua have gained Demba Ba back from Besiktas, but he is unfortunately out with an injury for quite some time. Two Chinese prospects also came through the doors at the Hongkou Stadium.

Out the door went Yun Wang on loan to Shanghai Shenxin and Paulo Henrique, who had been on loan to Sport Recife, went for a free to Turkish side Akhisarspor.

Shanghai SIPG

IN:

Asamoah Gyan (Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai, UAE) End of loan

OUT:

Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey) Free transfer

Second placed SIPG did not do much this window, and they didn’t really need to either. All they did was get former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan back from loan and then immediately let him go on a free to Turkish side Kayserispor.

Tianjin Quanjian

IN:

Anthony Modeste (Köln, Germany) Loan, fee: £4.85m

Shuai Pei (Changchun Yatai) £2.23m

Yuan Zhang (Loures, Portugal) Unknown

Yumiao Qian (Hubei) Unknown

OUT:

Geuvanio (Flamengo, Brazil) Loan

Junior Moraes (Dynamo Kiev, Ukraine) End of loan

This is more like it from Tianjin Quanjian! In comes Köln striker Anthony Modeste (all on Modeste here) who has been scoring plenty of goals in the Bundesliga. A partnership between him and Alexandre Pato could spell all kinds of trouble for the defences in the league.

Out goes Geuvanio, who only played six games, and Junior Moraes returns to Kyiv after not featuring a single time.

Tianjin TEDA

IN:

Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium) Loan, fee: £2.55m

Zainadine Junior (Maritimo, Portugal) End of loan

OUT:

Zainadine Junior (Maritimo, Portugal) Free transfer

Liao Zhou (Yinchuan Helanshan) Loan

The biggest news from the other side in Tianjin is not the signing of Frank Acheampong from Anderlecht, but it is linked with it. The TEDA management has demoted Brown Ideye to the reserves after poor form, then being benched and after he didn’t like that, he argued with the coach. The signing of Acheampong just made it easier to demote him. Acheampong has been around in the football world but is still only 23 and could potentially be a great signing. Out the door goes Zainadine Junior after his loan was made permanent by Portuguese side Maritimo, while Liao Zhou disappears out on loan down in the divisions.

Yanbian Funde

IN:

Valdet Rama (Würzburger Kickers, Germany) Free transfer

Il-Soo Hwang (Jeju United, South Korea) Unknown

Ailong Yang (Oriental Dragon, Portugal) Unknown

OUT:

Seung-Dae Kim (Pohang Steelers, South Korea) Unknown

Yanbian are desperately trying to save their place in the Super League and have brought in Korean left winger Il-Soo Hwang and Albanian attacker Valdet Rama from 3.liga outfit Würzburger. Not sure if they are of the calibre needed, but you’ll never know unless you try. Out goes Korean winger Seung-Dae Kim who only played six matches this season, he returns to Korea and Pohang.

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Ola Bjerkevoll
Norwegian studying sports journalism in England. Lover of all football, especially Chinese, German and Oceanian. Twitter: @olabje