The record transfer fee set by a Chinese football club earlier this week has already been broken.
Jiangsu Suning will pay around $56 million for Brazilian striker Alex Teixeira, currently with Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.
That’s $10 million more than leading club Guangzhou Evergrande paid to sign Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez earlier this week — and a new record price for the burgeoning Chinese Super League (CSL).
Shakhtar has “agreed on all the necessary formalities for the transfer of Alex Teixeira to the Chinese club,” it said in a statement.
The striker is expected to join Jiangsu, coached by former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, in time for the start of the new CSL season in March. He will team up with compatriot Ramires, who signed for $36 million last month.