Chinese Super League transfer window: All you need to know
By Richard Morgan
Last Updated: 26/02/16 8:17am
The transfer window in China closes on Friday. After spending huge sums we take a look at what may happen on the final day of the window...When does the transfer window close in China?
Friday February 26, ahead of the start of the new Chinese Super League season on March 4.
Who has made the move to the CSL?
A number of high-profile players have already decided to make the switch to China, with the biggest outlay so far being the £38m that Jiangsu Suning spent to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira on February 5.
The Brazilian's big-money move to the Far East broke the CSL transfer record for the third time in the space of just 10 days after Atletico Madrid's Jackson Martinez and Chelsea's Ramires had joined Guangzhou Evergrande and Jiangsu Suning for £31.5m and £21m respectively.
Other transfers to have caught the eye this window include former Arsenal forward Gervinho's £13.5m move from Roma to Hebei China Fortune and Fredy Guarin's £9.75m switch from Inter Milan to Shanghai Shenhua.
Last summer, former Chelsea frontman Demba Ba signed for Shanghai Shenhua for £9.75m, Brazil midfielder Paulinho left Tottenham Hotspur for Guangzhou Evergrande in a £10.5m deal and ex-Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan moved to Shanghai SIPG for £6.75m.
West Ham United forward Nikica Jelavic continued the recent trend of players moving from the continent to football's fastest-growing economy after joining Chinese second division side Beijing Renhe - and PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has now signed for Hebei China Fortune.
How much have CSL clubs spent in the transfer window?
Spending by CSL teams has passed the £200m barrier this winter - surpassing the £172.65m that Premier League sides spent during the January transfer window.
Stoke's £18.3m capture of midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto was the biggest outlay in England - someway short of the totals spent by Chinese clubs on Teixeira, Martinez and Ramires.
And there's still time for one Chinese club to spend some more...
How many foreign players are CSL sides allowed?
The league states that each team can have a total of just five foreign players, which must include one from the Asian Football Confederation.
However, each club is only allowed to field a maximum of four overseas stars at any one time.
Which CSL sides can still sign foreign players?
All but one of the 16 Chinese Super League clubs have used up their quota of foreign-based players ahead of the new campaign.
But Changchun Yatai still has one place on their roster for an overseas recruit...
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