Pepe of Real Madrid is another big name that joined the exodus of footballers to China.
His contract will expire this June and no arrangements has been agreed between him and the club. His agent, Jorgem Mendes has already asked for an extension since the end of the European Championship, but no actions have been made.
All of Pepe’s teammates were already offered a new deal except for him and it is for this reason that he is considering the lucrative offers from China.
According to reports, the defender wants to stay for two more years at Santiago Bernabeu. His manager Zinedine Zidane has no problems with his demand, but the management has not released a statement yet. This meant that if an extension is to be granted, it will be only for a year.
Once Pepe goes to China, he will be playing for Hebei Fortune. This also meant that he will be having a reunion with his former Real Madrid manager and now ex-Manchester City coach, Manuel Pellegrini.
Aside from that, his £4.5M salary in Spain will be doubled. This perk is something that he will not get from the Los Blancos even if he is given the chance to stay.
But while it looks like a fairytale story for Pepe, the 2016 EURO Player of the Tournament is aware that this could lessen his possibilities of being called to represent Portugal in the highly anticipated World Cup, just like what happened to Andre Pirlo in EURO.
Pepe is not the first popular player to go to the Chinese Super League. Just this week, Oscar left Stamford Bridge to play for Shanghai SIPG, following the footsteps of Hulk, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Graziano Pelle and Ramires.
Aside from the above-mentioned players, managers such as Andre Villas-Boas and Felipe Scolari, to name a few also went to China.