Date published: Friday 23rd December 2016 10:00
Arsene Wenger thinks that the money involved in the Chinese Super League could “become a problem for the future of the Premier League”.
Oscar completed his move from league leaders Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG for a reported £60million on Friday, joining fellow Brazilians Hulk and Ramires, who have completed big-money moves there in the past.
And the Arsenal boss admitted he was a little shocked to see him depart Stamford Bridge.
“It’s a surprise. It’s a distortion,” Wenger said.
Chelsea Football Club and Shanghai SIPG have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Oscar… https://t.co/7izeugHu1J
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 23, 2016
“When you are a player you want to combine the quality of the competition with the quality of your wages. And the quantity!
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) December 23, 2016
The Gunner boss reckons if the Chinese league keeps investing in top talent then they could eventually become a “problem” for the Premier League in the future.
“They invest a lot of money. It could become a problem for the future of the Premier League,” Wenger added.
OFFICIAL: Shanghai SIPG completed the signing of Brazilian star Oscar from Chelsea. pic.twitter.com/C2FWudPr7s
— TransferMarkt China (@asaikana) December 23, 2016