Hulk, Oscar to lead CSL exodus?


The Chinese Super League project could be coming to an end with Hulk and Oscar amongst several superstars that could be leading an abrupt player exodus.

The CSL has introduced a range of financial sustainability measures which includes a cap on salaries for foreign players of £49,000-per-week (£2m-per-year).

Scroll through the gallery above to see 10 superstars who could leave the CSL this season

According to Chinese News agency Xinhua, teams will not be permitted to spend more than £121m in total during 2020 and salaries must account for no more than 60 per cent of their spending.

Chinese Football Association chairman Chen Xuyuan admits the changes were imperative for the long-term success of their ambitious project.

"Our clubs had too much money burned and our professional football has not been run in a sustainable way. If we don’t take timely action, I fear it will collapse," Xuyuan said.

Reuters reports that, from this season, clubs will only be able to register five foreign players, up from four at present, but can play only four in any match.

However, the salary cap could see a number of the biggest earners, as seen in the gallery above, could seek moves away from the Far East.