Chinese football bosses, who will expand the league from 16 to 18 teams by 2023, want to see clubs achieve greater value for money, citing the more successful neighboring leagues of South Korea and Japan as an example.
Players from Guanzhou Evergrande, Shanghai SIPG, and Shanghai Shenhua say they are homesick and desperate to return to China after being stuck in Qatar following their elimination from the AFC Champions League.
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.
Asian Champions League: Suwon Samsung Bluewings grab last round-of-16 spot with two-goal win over Vissel Kobe
The South Koreans needed to win by a two-goal margin to overtake China’s Guangzhou Evergrande on goal difference and that was exactly what they did as Kim Gun-hee and Lim Sang-Hyeob each struck in the second half at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
New Chinese champions Jiangsu Suning, Fabio Cannavaro's two-time Asian title-holders Guangzhou Evergrande and Oscar's Shanghai SIPG are prime among those likely to have to rebrand themselves.
Premier League: Brighton's Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy moves to Shanghai SIPG on permanent transfer
Mooy's move, which is dependent on international clearance, comes after he helped Brighton avoid relegation from the Premier League last season.
It is a major step towards normalising football in China, where the virus was first detected last year, and paves the way for a limited number of supporters to attend selected future fixtures.
Chinese Super League: Guangzhou Evergrande coach Fabio Cannavaro's future in jeopardy after slow start to season
The notice on the team website said Fabio Cannavaro was expected to report before noon Monday, with captain Zheng Zhi taking over as acting coach
AFC Champions League holders Kashima Antlers play out goalless draw at Guangzhou Evergrande in quarter-final first leg
It leaves the Antlers with a small advantage going into the return fixture on 18 September and was a successive stalemate between Japanese and Chinese teams after Urawa Reds drew at Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday
Hulk scores brace as Shanghai SIPG draw 2-2 with Urawa reds at home in AFC Champions League quarter-finals
The 33-year-old Brazilian striker Hulk held his nerve twice in the second half from the spot to keep Vitor Pereira's Chinese champions alive in the tie
Chinese Super League clubs have spent $110 million in transfer fees this year, with several high profile players moving to China
Marko Arnautovic who had been playing for West Ham since 2017, has completed his transfer to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG
AFC Champions League 2019: Defending champions Kashima Antlers drawn against Guangzhou Evergrande for quarter-finals
Kashima Antlers have drawn Guangzhou Evergrande for the quarter-finals as they aim to become the first Japanese side to win back to back titles
Ligue 1: Marseille appoint former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas as new coach on two-year deal
Marseille have appointed boss Andre Villas-Boas as the club's new coach marking his return to football after 18 months without a club.
Wu Lei, who can play centrally or out wide, was previously linked with Chinese-owned Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, before signing for Espanyol
Premier League: Marko Arnautovic confirms he will not leave West Ham United in January despite offer from China
Marko Arnautovic has ended the speculation concerning his immediate future by indicating he will stay with West Ham.
Premier League: West Ham United won't sell striker Marko Arnautovic without my approval, says coach Manuel Pellegrini
West Ham United will not sell wantaway Austrian striker Marko Arnautovic without the express approval of manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Chilean has said.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: China's star striker Wu Lei fires brilliant double to help Marcello Lippi's team beat Philippines
Sour Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with old foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines side 3-0 on Friday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup.
Premier League: West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini keen to keep Marko Arnautovic in London despite Chinese interest
Marko Arnautovic is West Ham's joint-top scorer this season with eight goals in all competitions and Pellegrini is keen to hold on to the 29-year-old.
Chinese Super League top-scorer Wu Lei says 'right environment' could facilitate move from Shanghai SIPG to Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wu Lei, who has 57 caps and 12 goals for his country and another 169 goals for Shanghai SIPG, was dubbed China's Maradona by the coach who discovered him.