To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK
Advert

Chinese Star We Lei Already Has Espanyol's Highest Shirt Sales

Published 
| Last updated 

Chinese Star We Lei Already Has Espanyol's Highest Shirt Sales

In recent years Chinese Super League teams have been hoovering up a lot of talent from Europe, both young and old, but it's actually a Chinese player who's moved from the CSL to Espanyol that's creating headlines.

Marek Hamsik became the latest player to move from one of Europe's best teams to China when he signed for Dalian Yifang on Thursday, adding to Marouane Fellaini's recent move in January to Shandong Luneng Taishan.

It continues the recent tradition of Chinese Super League sides spending big money to get some of football's biggest names to move to their league, with Hulk, Oscar and Carlos Tevez amongst some of the other biggest names.

Loading…

Advert

Some players have come back from China, with Axel Witsel playing well for Borussia Dortmund after a spell in the far east and Paulinho's year back at Barcelona going well until he returned to China last summer.

Up until recently though all the focus when it comes to the CSL had been on the big names from the west, that was until January. In the winter transfer window Espanyol signed Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG, signing for €2 million.

According to SPORT the 27 year old's is already the biggest selling shirt at the club, even though he's only played two games so far.

Lu Wei playing for Espanyol. Image: PA Images
Lu Wei playing for Espanyol. Image: PA Images
Advert

In Lei's debut, a 2-2 draw against Villarreal, 177,000 people tuned into the match in Spain but 40 million people watched on tv in China.

For further context the recent Classico match, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi final, 10 million people tuned in to watch the two biggest clubs in Spain.

In 2003 it was reported that 365 million Chinese viewers turned on to see Manchester City face Everton in the Premier League as City had Sun Jihai in their team and Everton had Li Tie in theirs.

The two Chinese players clash for the ball. Image: PA Images
The two Chinese players clash for the ball. Image: PA Images
Advert

SPORT also report that the club are set to bring out limited edition shirts with Wei's name in Chinese, whilst Borja Iglesias and Marc Roca, will also get their own versions of the kit as the other top two selling shirts.

Wei's impact for the CSL could be huge as the first player to have been home grown and moving away from the league.

Topics: Football News, Chinese football, Transfer stories, CSL, Transfer rumours, Chinese Super League, Transfer news, Spanish football, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
More like this
Advert
Advert
Advert

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Football

Erling Haaland Surprises Youngsters By Joining In Kickabout On Marbella Beach

13 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Football

Stan Collymore Calls For Ban On Alcohol For All Footballers After Jack Grealish Criticism

19 hours ago