Chinese football clubs are steadily making some big statements when it comes to buying high-profile players. The Asian country is currently 82nd in the FIFA Rankings, but that doesn't deter them from displaying their large economic status when it comes to club football.
Colombia international Jackson Martinez was signed by Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande from La Liga powerhouse Atletico Madrid Wednesday in a whopping £31.8m deal, the most expensive ever in Asian football.
Martinez, who made a total of 22 appearances with Atletico this season scoring thrice and assisting twice, signed a four-year contract with Guangzhou, who already have players like Paulinho and Robinho in their roster.
The 29-year-old Colombian forward, who was the top scorer in the Portuguese top flight with Porto for three consecutive seasons, is now expected to join the Chinese club's winter training session in Dubai on 9 February, following a medical.
"We firmly believe that the addition of international football star Jackson Martinez will strengthen our attack, providing more exciting performances for everyone," the club said in a statement.
Atletico Madrid made a €7m profit on Martinez following his sale; the La Liga side paid Porto €35m in the summer last year. Also, according to Marca, Atletico are keen on bringing Chelsea forward Diego Costa back to the Vicente Calderon in the summer transfer window, and are willing to splash the cash from Martinez's sale on the Spain international.
Chelsea midfielder Ramires was also all over the headlines after he was signed by another Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in the January transfer window this year for a fee believed to be around £25m.
A BBC report also stated that according to Germany's Transfer Market statistics, the Chinese Super League sides dished a total of £81m on players and coaches -- second only to the Premier League -- in the 2014-15 season.