Chinese club sign Martinez for £31m

Jackson Martinez

Jackson Martinez was a disappointment at Atletico after a prolific spell at Porto

Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande have broken the Asian transfer record by signing Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez for £31m.

The 29-year-old Colombia striker has signed a four-year deal and will join winter training in Dubai on 9 February following a physical examination.

He scored only three goals in 22 appearances for Atletico following his £24.8m move from Porto last summer.

Martinez is the latest high-profile player to move to China this year.

Chelsea midfielder Ramires and Serie A duo Gervinho and Fredy Guarin are among the other big Chinese signings in 2016.

Ramires’ transfer to Jiangsu Suning last week – for what was believed to be around £25m – set the previous Asian record.

Martinez’s manager at Guangzhou is former Chelsea and Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, while Paulinho, the former Tottenham midfielder, and compatriot Robinho will be new team-mates.

According to Germany’s Transfer Market statistics, Super League teams spent £81m (108 euros) on players and coaches in the 2014-15 season, making it second only to the Premier League.

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