A FEW years back, Stockport County received a delegation of Chinese businessmen interested in investing in English football. This unlikely alliance resulted in a club in China being named after the “the hatters”, Stockport Tiger Star, based in Shanyang.
It was a taste of things to come as China is now buying into English and European football in a big way. The recent transfer market activity involving Chinese clubs was firm evidence that there is something of a paradigm shift going on in the game.
The figures we are talking about are huge, the calibre of player being snapped up by the likes of Guangzhou Evergrande and other Chinese Super League clubs high. The only Brit playing his trade in China actually has non-league roots – Jack Sealy, the son of ex-QPR forward Tony, who played for Bristol Manor Farm, among other clubs.
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