Surprise Premier League Defender The Latest To Move To China
The Chinese Super League is the latest destination for players wanting to make a quick buck for an easier life and many high profile names have moved their but the Premier League's latest export isn't one you'd be expecting.
Before a few years ago imagining a time when players of the ilk of Carlos Tevez, Oscar, Hulk, Paulinho, Mousa Dembele and Marouane Fellaini moved to play football in China was totally inconceivable.
These days we accept that at any given time a player can just rock up to China to join the Chinese Super League, no matter what stage of their career they're in, and make a fair wad of cash.
In January CSL sides added Spurs' midfielder Dembele and enigmatic Manchester United midfielder Fellaini with the two Belgians waving goodbye to the rigours of the Premier League.
Mario Mandzukic turned down a crazy offer to move to the Far East recently whilst Marko Arnautovic looked set to leave West Ham in January due to the fact he wanted to leave the Hammers.
Whilst the CSL missed out on those two players Guangzhou Evergrande have confirmed a signing of a Premier League player in the shape of Everton defender Tyias Browning, not exactly what were were expecting.
Tyias Browning has joined Guangzhou Evergande from Everton for an undisclosed fee. Looks like Browning will soon have a Chinese passport as Guangzhou say "procedures for naturalization are being processed". Fabio Cannavaro will be his manager in China pic.twitter.com/zO9M2pCmqc- Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) February 20, 2019
The defender is born and bred in Liverpool but his grandfather is Chinese and the club have already said that the process for him to get a Chinese passport have already begun, and that might at least partially explain the move.
Browning, 24, isn't exactly the best known player around. He joined Everton in 2004 as a ten year old and has been at the club until today.
He only played nine games for the Toffees first team, only seven of which were in the league, and had loan spells with Wigan Athletic, Preston North End and Sunderland.
Who will be the next player to leave England for China?