Carlos Tevez is one of the world’s highest-paid footballers with a £634,000-a-week contract at Shanghai Shenhua
Gus Poyet has told talkSPORT that the trend of big-name players moving to the Chinese Super League may be stopped by the radical 100 per cent tax rule.
The Chinese FA have announced new regulations which have been formed to limited club spending and the arrival of foreign players seeking million-pound contracts.
It means that any ‘loss-making’ clubs signing non-Chinese players will have to pay both the transfer fee and the same amount into a fund to help the development of young home-grown players.
It effectively doubles the price of any top stars who are seeking the riches of the Far East. The biggest deals in China so far have seen Shanghai SIPG pay Chelsea £60m for Oscar and the same club spend £46.1m on Brazilian striker Hulk.
The likes of Wayne Rooney and Diego Costa have been linked with moves to China in recent months, but Poyet believes big-money signings will now be a thing of the past.
“It’s completely changed,” the former Tottenham and Chelsea star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“I personally don’t think we’ll see too many players coming now.
“The transfer window is open now but I can’t see many players coming with the new rule.
“Without that rule, maybe four or five big names were coming for sure, but now it would be a big surprise if a club was going to spend 200 per cent on one player – because its 100 per cent tax on what they’ve already paid!
“And when you’re talking about expensive players coming to the league, it’s just going to be too much.”