How Does the Chinese Super League’s Spending Spree Affect MLS?

The Chinese Super League's blockbuster transfer market has crept its way into Major League Soccer. Seattle Sounders striker Obafemi Martins is closing in on a move to Shanghai Shenhua for around $3 million, per ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle.

If the deal is confirmed, China's spending splurge will become a worry for MLS.

Both MLS and the CSL are considered to be up-and-coming leagues. Yet it is the latter that is rapidly growing into a top competition, despite starting in 2004.

Firstly, the CSL is snapping up players in their prime. Alex Teixeira was a Liverpool and Chelsea target, per Marcus Christenson and Thiago Rabelo of the Guardian. The Brazilian ended up signing with Jiangsu Suning and will earn around €10 million annually, per the Sport Bible.

Meanwhile, the highest-paid MLS player is Kaka at about $7.1 million, per the MLS Players Union.

The structures of both leagues are telling based on these fig...

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