The Asian Football Confederation and the Chinese Football Federation have confirmed that 18 clubs are experiencing difficulty in paying their players. 13 of these clubs are from the CLS (the top echelon of the domestic game in China) and include the likes of Shanghai Shenhua, Guangzhou Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG, Jiangsu Suning and Hebei China Fortune, some of the clubs who have secured big name deals involving European and South American stars. Here are seven players that could suddenly find themselves back on the transfer market if the domestic situation in China isn't imminently resolved.
Carlos Tévez (Shangai Shenhua)
The Argentine left Boca Juniors in December 2016 to become the best paid player in the world with a net annual salary of 38 million euro. Aged 33, the former Juve, Manchester United, Man. City and West Ham player has a current market value of 4,5 million euro according to specialized website Transfermarkt.
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande)
Guangzhou paid Tottenham Hotspur 14 million euro in 2015 for the Brazilian's services. After two years in the CSL the player's value has not depreciated with a market value of 15 million euro attached to the 29 year old. This summer FC Barcelona have expressed a significant interest in the player despite a buy-out clause of 40 million euro attached to his signature.
Jackson Martínez (Guangzhou Evergrande)
Just two years ago the Colombian was a major acquisition for Atlético Madrid who paid FC Porto 37 million euro for the striker's services. The player was a major flop at the Calderon and just six months after moving to Madrid, the Spanish side shipped him off to Guangzhou Evergrande in exchange for 42 million euro. Despite performing well in Portugal and with the Colombian national side, the forward has seen his current market value plummet to just 5 million euro.
Ramires (Jiangsu Suning)
The Brazilian midfielder moved from the London SW6 outfit in a move to the CSL for 28 million euro. Now, 30 Ramires has a market value of 12 million euro and would still be an attractive proposition for many would be suitors.
Hulk (Shanghai SIPG)
Following spells at FC Porto and Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg, the Brazilian moved to Shanghai in 2016 in exchange for a fee of 55 million euro and a deal which saw the player pocket an "galactico" annual salary. Aged 31, the player still commands a market value of 20 million euro.
Óscar (Shanghai SIPG)
With a 20 million euro 2016 summer move to SIPG the player swapped the Premier League for the CSL and the lure of a 22 million euro salary per season. Just 25 years old, Oscar is still regarded as an attractive footballing proposition with a estimated transfer value of 25 million euro attached to the player.
Lavezzi (Habei China Fortune)
- Shanghai Shenhua
The Argentine player moved from Ligue 1 side PSG to Hebei Fortune with the lure of an astronomical salary once again the key factor in the decision in moving to the Chinese top flight. Now aged 32 the attacking midfielder would still aspire to a return to a major European club.