Jiangsu Suning has signed Santini from Anderlecht to end all possibility of Gareth Bale joining them.
According to Sky Sports, the Croatian International is now the sixth foreign player to be on the books at Jiangsu Suning. They have already announced Miranda from Inter Milan.
The Chinese Super League rule limits five foreign players per team. With Italian defender, Gabriel Paletta expected to depart any day that will free up the necessary space for Ivan Santini.
While Santini is no Gareth Bale, he will also not have the 1 million a week impact on their wage bill either.
Even if the Real Madrid board were to have an unlikely change of heart on the Bale situation. That would mean Jiangsu parting with another of their current international crop.
A task that not only seems highly unlikely in light of the Chinese transfer window closing on Wednesday. But also the fact all those on the books have key roles in manager Cosmin Olaroiu’s team.
Since the recent influx of money into Chinese football saw huge sums of cash being spent on foreign players. This prompted the powers that be in Beijing to step in.
There is not only a limit of foreign players. Transfer fees for imported players, bear the burden of 100% tax. Of which that money is used to invest in local homegrown football and footballers.
It is understood the appeal of the Bale deal to China was the little to nothing transfer fee. As initially, Madrid were happy to simply get the Welshmans 600,000 a week wages off the books. The board, however, felt that to let an 85 million pound investment leave for nothing was just too much to swallow.
Jiangsu Suning is apparently very proud of their new acquisition though. They have already been social media unveilings by the club, to announce the new arrival.