Chinese Super League: State media urge football rethink after financial collapse of champions Jiangsu FC
The new season, which will almost certainly be shorn of Jiangsu and Tianjin, is expected to start in April but there is no definite date because of uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.
Hulk, signed from Zenit St Petersburg in 2016 for then Asian record 55.8 million euros, had made it clear prior to being dropped that he would not extend his SIPG contract.
China wants football to be 'bridge to work with the world', says association's secretary general Liu Yi
Along with building a football infrastructure and overhauling grassroots, school and youth systems, the CSL is a crucial part of the determination to be a superpower in the sport.
Donadoni took over at Shenzhen in July 2019 when they were already deep in relegation trouble and he was unable to prevent them dropping out of the CSL.
Economic woes take a toll on Chinese football clubs; 11 disqualified for unpaid wages, five shut shop
Economic woes are taking a toll on China’s professional football clubs, with 11 being disqualified for failing to pay wages and five closing shop on their own terms, including last season’s Chinese Super League side — Tianjin Tianhai.
Chinese Super League: Jiangsu bring in Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to douse hopes of Gareth Bale signing
The possibility of Gareth Bale joining CSL side Jiangsu was extinguished after Real Madrid board refused to allow Bale's departure
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola lashed out after an opinion piece in the Chinese media claimed the Citizens had been disrespectful of the Chinese fans. It also said the organisation of fan interactions was a mess.
Terms of the deal between Stephan El Shaarawy and Shanghai Shenhua were not disclosed but reported to be worth 20 million euros with salary of 15-16 million euros a year for the Italian.
Rafael Benitez, 59, will take over at Dalian Yifang who are currently in joint 10th place in the CSL.
Suning Commerce Group close to acquiring Serie A broadcast rights, leads $2 billion monopoly in China
Backed by Beijing, China's domestic sporting market - from football to basketball and beyond - could be worth 5 trillion yuan ($740 billion) by 2025.