Several former premier league players ply their trade in the Chinese Super League but with the outbreak of coronavirus and the consequent postponement of the League, it is likely these stars might force a move away from China.
The coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes respiratory illnesses and the latest version known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first detected in Wuhan, China has claimed 170 lives with over 7000 cases currently reported by the BBC in China.
Marouane Fellaini, Marko Arnautovic, Paulinho, Odion Ighalo, Salomon Rondon and Oscar are former English Premier League players currently in China’s premier division league.
The League was meant to commence by February 22 and end in October but the Chinese FA have announced an indefinite postponement of all 2020 season national football competitions to help with the “prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection, and to protect the health of the majority of fans, media, players, coaches, game officials, clubs and district staff”.
“The Chinese Football Association will continue to maintain close communication with national authorities, to determine the timing of each event in this season based on the actual development of the epidemic situation (coronavirus) at various locales,” it added.
“It will make reasonable adjustments to the system, schedule, and scale of some events when necessary.”
Retired Nigerian International Odion Ighalo has been linked with a move to Manchester United while Shanghai SPIG’s Marko Arnautovic was set to make a return to West Ham but remains stranded due to the grounding of international flights as a result of coronavirus.
Shandong Luneng’s Marouane Fellaini is reportedly wanted by West Ham boss David Moyes according to Bleacher Report. The midfielder has been a key member of Moyes’ squads from Everton to Manchester United and a move still looks likely.
Dalian Yifang’s striker Salomon Rondon is reportedly on the radars of Manchester United and West Ham. With Marcos Rashford injured, United are seeking a cost-friendly alternative to fill the gap.
The January transfer window closes at 11 pm tonight and there’s a possibility anyone of these prospective deals might be sealed.