The owner of the club, Axel Witsel saw his ambitious plans destroyed by the new regulations in the Chinese Super League.
Shu Yuhui, a multi-millionaire, and since 2015 the owner of Tianjin Quanjian, recently gave an interview to a sports program on Tianjin TV. Therein he did some remarkable things to say.
First, he admitted that his club have a bid on Diego Costa, striker of Chelsea: ‘It is true that we want him. We also did a bid on Cavani. With him were the conversations very far advanced.’
The problem, according to Shu, is that PSG and Chelsea were not willing to have their topschutters to let it go for June, while the Chinese Superleague is already the beginning of march. “We can’t afford to be in the half of the season to wait.’
The owner of Witsels club then said that he also bid on Karim Benzema, but he joined not in detail.
With the help of Mendes
The recently approved new regulations in the Chinese Super League suggests that teams from next season, only three foreign players are allowed to draw up, two less than hitherto was the case. A club may have up to five foreigners in its nucleus.
The new scheme was a line by the account of Tianjin Quanjian, says Shu Yuhui. ‘Otherwise, Radamel Falcao and Raúl Jímenez (the Mexican striker of Benfica, ed) now all of us have been. The contracts layers ready and the two players were willing to give their signatures. But by the new limitation on the number of foreigners, we thought changed.’
Shu Yuhui is not out of his lead save. He assures that ” we will eventually, however, someone will make it.” He is also helped by no less than supermakelaar Jorge Mendes. The two met each other already in Yangzhou.
Tianjin Quanjian promoted last season from the Chinese second to first class. The Italian Fabio Cannavaro, there is trainer.
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