In one of the season's least expected deals, Mathieu Manset has joined Nioclas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua.
Keen to emulate the success of the cricket's IPL, India's nascent Premier League could one day join the likes of China and Brazil in challenging European football hegemony.
Shanghai Shenhua made a splash recently when they signed Nicolas Anelka, and there may be more big-name signings to come before the transfer window closes in China.
The arrival of Nicolas Anelka in China could help revive football in a country dogged by match-fixing scandals.
Nicolas Anelka will help raise the profile of football in China, but his principal aim will be to bring home some much-needed silverware to Shanghai Shenhua.