Jackson Martinez – US$50 million (S$70.2m)

The Colombian struggled in his first season and, despite his enormous price tag, has been left out of their Asian Champions League squad. He needs to try to use that to his advantage this time around.

Ricardo Goulart – $20 million

The Brazilian has been consistently excellent in his two seasons at Guangzhou, making the team tick in attack with plenty of goals and assists.

The pressure must be mounting on Martinez to perform

Paulinho – $18 million

Perhaps the best player of the Chinese Super League season in 2016 as barely put a foot wrong. The former Spurs star is now back in the Brazilian national team.

Alan Carvalho – $14 million

Struggled with injury in 2015 but the Brazilian had a great 2016 season, scoring a goal every other game from behind the strikers.

Kim Hyung-il – free

The tough-tackling South Korean centre-back is on a six-month contract to cover for injured compatriot Kim Young-gwon


Alex Teixeira – $60 million

The Brazilian playmaker was one of the best foreign performers in 2016 and played a huge part in Jiangsu’s second-place finish.

Teixeira has been a hit since his move from Shakhtar Donetsk

Roger Martinez – $12 million

The Colombian striker has a bright future and Jiangsu are expecting a lot of goals this season, especially as he develops his relationship with Teixeira.

Ramires – $33 million

Moved from Chelsea at the start of the 2016 season and was solid as Jiangsu took second place.

Heong Jeong-ho – $3 million

The elegant South Korean centre-back arrived midway through the season and is ready for a first full campaign.

Ramires will be hoping to build on a promising 2016


Hulk – $60 million

The Brazilian was injured for much of the second half of last season, but did enough to suggest he will score plenty of goals in 2017.

Oscar – $60 million

Arrived in January amid much fanfare and the Brazilian is expected to pull the attacking strings for Shanghai. The early signs have been encouraging.

The early signs are promising for Oscar

Odil Ahmedov – undisclosed

The driving Uzbek midfielder is one of Asia’s top talents and could be a very shrewd signing, even if it did not garner the headlines that others attracted.

Elkeson – $21 million

The Brazilian striker has had three seasons in China and scored goals right from the beginning. He should enjoy playing with Oscar.

Ricardo Carvalho – undisclosed

The Portuguese centre-back has been drafted in by Andre Villas Boas to add some experience to the backline.

Carvalho adds veteran leadership at the back


Carlos Tevez – undisclosed

Reportedly the highest-paid player in the world, he will face high expectations as Shanghai seek to challenge for the title.

Giovanni Moreno – $2 million

The Colombian playmaker is a hero for Shenhua fans as he starts a sixth season. The club captain is consistent and classy.

Tevez is sure to face very high expectations

Obafemi Martins – $2 million

The well-travelled Nigerian enjoyed a good first season in 2016 and will get plenty of game time this year.

Kim Kee-hee – $6 million

The South Korean centre-back took time to settle in 2016 before growing in authority.

Fredy Guarin – $14 million

The Colombian was OK rather than spectacular after arriving from Inter Milan and didn’t make the Asian Champions League squad. More will be expected of him this time.

Guarin is another that suffered through a slow start


Hernanes – $10 million

The Brazilian striker swapped Juventus for Hebei in February and needs to score the goals to take the team into the Asian Champions League.

Ezequiel Lavezzi – undisclosed

One of the highest-paid players in the world started to show what he could do before serious injury ended his season in the summer. The Argentine will be like a new signing.

Aloisio – $3 million

The Brazilian striker has scored goals wherever he has gone and did so for previous CSL club Shandong Luneng.

Lavezzi will be keen to pick up where he left off

Stephane Mbia – undisclosed

The Cameroonian midfielder had a good first season and chipped in with some vital goals.

Kim Ju-young – undisclosed

Another South Korean centre-back who enjoyed a spell with Shanghai SIPG, he offers plenty of experience at the back.


Renato Augusto – $10 million

Took time to settle last season, but the Brazilian international midfielder was soon showing his class in the capital.

Ralf – $4 million

The defensive midfielder was tempted to leave South America in 2016 and was solid in his first season at the Workers' Stadium.

Burak Yilmaz – $10 million

An injury in the first half of the season had fans doubting the Turkish striker’s abilities, but he came roaring back to find the net on a regular basis later.

Augusto will be pivotal for Beijing this season

Jonathan Soriano – undisclosed

Not Wayne Rooney as was rumoured, but the Spanish striker has scored almost a goal a game in Austria with Red Bull Salzburg in the last five seasons and came recommended by former Guoan striker Frederic Kanoute.

Egor Krimets – on loan

The towering Uzbek defender enjoyed his return to Beijing in 2016, though rule changes may limit his time on the pitch in 2017.


Alexandre Pato – $20 million

The Brazilian's career has taken a bit of a nosedive since his time with AC Milan, but the striker is still a big name. At 27, if he can shine in China, there is time to build whether it’s here or elsewhere.

Axel Witsel – $22 million

He turned down Juventus to head east and the Belgian international midfielder has a big part to play for the new boys.

Witsel could prove a crowd favourite

Geuvanio – $14 million

Another Brazilian, the 24-year-old scored well in the second tier last season and is expected to do so again this year.

Kwon Kyung-won – $12 million

The all-action midfielder is not that well known back in South Korea but impressed with UAE giants Al Ain and should settle well in China.

Junior Moraes – Loan

Tianjin were linked with the likes of Diego Costa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but instead settled for Brazilian striker Moraes, who has arrived from Dynamo Kiev on loan until June.


Gil – undisclosed

The Brazilian defender missed a few games to head to the Copa America during his first season and will be hoping for a more settled backline this year – along with a goal or two.

Papiss Cisse – $4 million

The Senegalese striker arrived in July from Newcastle and did enough in less than half a season to suggest he will find the net regularly.

Cisse should be a regular goalscorer in 2017

Graziano Pelle – $15 million

Arrived in China after leading the Italian line at Euro 2016 and settled well, scoring a couple of spectacular strikes. Expectations are high for a first full-season.



Apostolos Giannou – $3 million

The Australian attacker did OK in his first season in China and may have to battle for playing time in 2017.

Renatinho – undisclosed

The versatile Brazilian forward signed a new contract under manager Dragan Stojkovic just before the start of the new campaign after a solid showing in terms of goals and assists in 2016.

Eran Zahavi – $8 million

The Israeli international midfielder arrived in June and quickly showed his worth terms of goals and assists. Not the biggest name but one of the best imports.

Jang Hyun-soo – $3 million

The South Korean provides leadership and experience in the centre of defence or in midfield.


Borek Dockal – $3 million

The 28-year-old Czech Republic midfielder is a late addition to the squad from Sparta Prague and should add some experience and dynamism to the middle.

Javier Patino – undisclosed

The Spanish-born Philippines international has already had two successful seasons at Henan and there is no reason to suggest the attacker will be any different in 2017.

Patino easily adjusted to Chinese football

Christian Bassogog – $7 million

The winger impressed at the Africa Cup of Nations for Cameroon and was soon on his way to China to become Henan's most expensive player.

Eddi Gomes – undisclosed

The towering Bissau-Guinean born Danish centre-back has become a fan favourite at Henan for his committed performances.

Ahmad Al Salih – free

There are past examples of Syrians having success in China and it should be an interesting season for the defender.


John Mikel Obi – free

Arrives in China after a decade in Chelsea's midfield. His experience should prove vital this season.

If he stays fit Mikel should prove a bargain

Nemanja Gudelj – $7 million

Expected to line-up with Mikel Obi in Tianjin's midfield, the Serbian international adds to a cosmopolitan squad.

Hwang Seok-ho – $2 million

The versatile South Korean defender arrives in China after five successful seasons in Japan.

Malick Evouna – undisclosed

The Gabon goalscorer arrived in China in the middle of last season and took time to settle. He should be ready for a greater contribution this time around.

Mbaye Diagne – undisclosed

Once signed by Juventus, the tall Senegalese striker scored some vital goals for Tianjin last season.

Diagne has some strong pedigree


Yoon Bitgaram – $2 million

The classy South Korean midfielder was one of the most impressive of all the imports last season and worked his way back into the national team.

Bubacarr Trawally – undisclosed

With goals and flair, the Gambian has become a favourite up in the north-east and won his team some vital points.

Nikola Petkovic – free

The Serbian defender struggled at times with some of the attacking talent in China but hung in there to help his promoted team have a good season, finishing ninth in the 16-team league.

Petkovic spent two seasons in Australia with Sydney FC

Kim Seung-dae – $1.5 million

Another South Korean plying his trade up near the border with North Korea, Kim is a classy forward who can score and bring others into the game.

Richard Guzmics – $500,000

The Hungarian defender adds to the multitude of nationalities on display in China, as well as some height in Yanbian's backline.



Odion Ighalo – $25 million

Signed from English Premier League team Watford in January, the Nigerian striker will be leading Changchun's line.

Ighalo has experience in Italian and English football

Szabolcs Huszti – undisclosed

Returns for a second spell with the club. The experienced Hungarian midfielder impressed the first time around with his leadership and goals from the middle of the park.

Bruno Meneghel – undisclosed

The well-travelled Brazilian has scored goals in China and Japan in the past and will expect to keep doing so.

Marinho – $1 million

Can play in the middle, on the wing or even up front, adding versatility to his first team outside his native Brazil.

Meneghel can be relied upon to find the back of the net

Anzur Ismailov – $500,000

The Uzbek centre-back has been a powerful presence in the middle of Changchun's defence for five years.


James Holland – undisclosed

The Australian defensive midfielder almost saw his move to China fall through, but he has been drafted in to provide some intelligence and energy for the team.

Assani Lukimya – $2.5 million

Born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo but holding a German passport, the centre-back brings power and plenty of Bundesliga experience to the backline.

The well travelled Holland will be keen to impress

Anthony Ujah – $15 million

The Nigerian has scored goals in Germany and arrived in China midway through the 2016 season for a big fee. Has yet to show what he can do.

James Chamanga – $200,000

The Zambian striker has been with the club since 2013 and has scored consistently ever since.

Robbie Kruse – $750,000

The former Bayer Leverkusen man will be expected to create a few goals for others while getting on the scoresheet himself.

Chamanga is one of the longer serving foreigners. Photo: Zambian Football


Fernandinho – $500,000

The tricky left-winger impressed on loan at the club in 2015 and the Brazilian made the move permanent the following year.

Alan Kardec – $2.5 million

The one-time Brazilian under-20 international scored more than a goal every other game after arriving last season.

Goran Milovic – $1 million

The Croatian centre-back is looking forward to a second season in the Chinese Super League.

Milovic captained Hajduk Split before making the move

Jung Woo-young – $1 million

A hard-working defensive midfielder, the South Korean midfielder had a solid first campaign for Chongqing.


Nikica Jelavic – $1 million

The former Everton and West Ham striker impressed in the second tier last season with Beijing Renhe, causing Guizhou to move for the experienced Croatian.

Ali Ghazal – $3 million

An interesting signing, the Egyptian defensive midfielder arrives from Portugal's top tier and can also play in defence.

Croatian international Jelavic is a very experienced front man

Michael Olunga – $500,000

The Kenyan international striker was linked with Galatasaray before leaving Sweden for China. He has scored goals wherever he has gone.

Tjaronn Chery – undisclosed

The talented Dutch attacking midfielder was tempted east from England’s QPR to add creativity to Guizhou's 11.

Ryan McGowan – free

The Australian defender joined his third Chinese club in January and such experience will be crucial as he tries to help the new boys stay up.

* Fees stated are unofficial, figures are in US dollars