The Chinese Football Association (CFA) have considered further regulations on club spending on player salaries in the Chinese Super League and China League One.
China’s football association sent a letter on Wednesday to request feedback from all 32 clubs across the top two divisions on the issue “in order to limit clubs chasing short-term results and over-spending on new players.”
This letter includes information that clubs who are already in debt could face a “player-transfer leverage fee” if they spend RMB 45 million (€5.9m) or more on each foreign player and a similar sanction for local players priced over RMB 20m (€2.6m). These restrictions have also been suggested for players who join Chinese clubs on loan.
High spending by Chinese clubs on foreign players has drawn attention to football officials in China, raising fears that the skyrocketing fees would allow the world-class stars deprive local players’ chances to play.