Chinese Super League Could Be a Threat for the Premier League, Admits Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger says that the Chinese league could actually pose a lot of threat to the Premier League.

The Chinese football league has been in the headlines of late after they managed to capture Chelsea midfielder Oscar for a fee of £ 60 million. This breaks the transfer fee record for the league, while it also becomes the seventh most expensive transfer in the world. Chelsea have been able to secure this incredible sum of money for a player who has not been able to secure first-team football at the club. Wenger admits that it is truly a great transfer fee for someone, who has featured in a handful of league games this season.

Oscar has spent 4 ½ years with Chelsea following his £ 25 million move in 2012. He has managed to win every honour apart from the Champions League. He was a major factor in Chelsea selling Juan Mata during the days of Jose Mourinho. However, he was not under the preference of manager Antonio Conte especially after the manager switched to the 3-4-3 formation in September.

The midfielder will be making the move to Shanghai SIPG. He will also become the world’s most paid player with a contract getting him around £ 20 million per season. It is even better than the contracts of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"Yes, it's a surprise, it's a distortion. Basically when you're a football player you want to combine the quality of the competition with the quantity of your wages. It's a surprise to me, but when I was in Japan, we had many Brazilian players. At the moment I think Oscar moves because he doesn't play in the Premier League. China gives him that opportunity as well... they invest a lot of money at the moment," said Wenger. Arsenal players like Alexis Sanchez are also linked with the Chinese league.