Super Falcons star Asisat Oshoala, has joined Chinese club, Dalian Quanjian for a yet to be disclosed mega money deal.
The 22-year-old Arsenal ladies player, has become the latest big name recruit to the Chinese League joining the likes of John Obi Mikel, Chinedu Obasi, Odion Ighalo and John Owoeri to dump the English league for the super rich Chinese league.
Oshoala had earlier an interview denied links to the club after raising eyebrows when she refused to turn up for pre-season with the Arsenal ladies.
The former Liverpool and Arsenal ladies attacker resumed training with the Beijing-based club who are managed by former PSG coach, Farid Benstiti as they prepare for the new season.
Chinese media sources have revealed that Oshoala, alongside Cameroonian striker Gaelle Enganamouit, have been marked as the designated foreign picks by Dalian Quanjian to bolster their squad for the new season.
Oshoala moved to Arsenal Ladies from Liverpool Ladies and won the FA Women’s FA Cup last season. She also led the Super Falcons to defend their African title at the 2017 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Oshoala, who was top scorer as the Super Falcons won a record-extending eighth African Women Cup of Nations last year, did not have the best of times at Arsenal Ladies.
Her decision to quit the London-based outfit after just one season to earn a lot more money in China hasn’t come as a surprise. She came under flak severally for her laid-back approach, particularly as she generally struggled in front of goal.
Oshoala is a two-time African Footballer of the Year winner and also won the maiden edition of the BBC Female best footballer in 2015.
Meanwhile, the rapid rise of Chinese football has become a matter of debate in Europe this season with scores of big name players and managers being tempted into moves by the league’s exorbitant wage offers.
Further confirming these fears is an annual report by financial consultancy firm Deloitte – the ‘Football Money League’ which states that Europe’s domination of football looks set to end with one of China’s teams expected to break into the world’s elite group of clubs by 2030.
The report which predicts a club from China’s Super League has the “highest chance” of becoming one of the world’s top revenue-earning clubs in the next decade or so.
While the list is exclusively made up of European clubs in 2017, Deloitte believes a club from one of the world’s emerging leagues could soon break through.
The report explains:”Whilst European football dominates financially and has done for the first 20 years of the Money League, the landscape may change considerably in the longer term, with attractive and emerging football markets looking to become the next football powerhouse.”
Of clubs outside Europe, only those in Brazil are currently on a par with China’s in terms of revenue. Deloitte expects the “development and increased interest” in the Chinese Super League will provide the country’s clubs with the best chance of challenging Europe’s hegemony.
The Money League ranks the world’s top 20 clubs based on their financial performance in the past year.