It appears that the lucrative attraction of the Chinese Super League is over and its glamourous bubble about to burst.
The Chinese Super League has taken the footballing world by storm.
First, it was the hugely inflated transfer fees.
The clubs were guilty of paying exuberant amounts of money to entice clubs into parting with key assets.
This was curtailed when the government enforced new taxation laws.
Any transfer fee paid for a foreign player was liable to a 100% tax.
This brought a swift end to the likes of Shanghai SIPG’s £52m acquisition of Oscar from Chelsea and Carlos Tevez’s £71m move to Shanghai Shenhua.
The problem now was that the influx of foreign players was not curtailed due to the huge wages they were willing to pay.
This has now been abruptly stopped too with a salary cap.
In fact, these newly enforced rules are not just from the Chinese FA, but from the government in Bejing too.
According to Sky Sports, Chinese Football Association chairman Chen Xuyuan insists things cannot carry on the way they are going.
“Our clubs had too much money burned and our professional football has not been run in a sustainable way.”
“If we don’t take timely action, I fear it will collapse.”