Multiple Chinese Super League teams are interested in Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and the situation is "fluid," according to an ESPN FC report.
Multiple Chinese Super League teams are interested in Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins and the situation is “fluid,” according to an ESPN FC report.
And nor is Martins the only Major League Soccer player attracting Chinese interest as the league continues its winter spending spree — fellow Sounders forward Nelson Valdez admitted last week that his agent approached him earlier this offseason. At present, just four of the 16 CSL teams have available foreign player roster spots, the report notes, but its transfer window remains open through Feb. 26.
Though Martins has been the subject of plenty of far-fetched rumors during his time in Seattle, this one shouldn’t be dismissed lightly.
For one, the 31-year-old’s Sounders tenure is already one of the longest in a career that has bounced between eight clubs. For another, and while Martins’ has been Seattle’s most consistent scoring threat since his arrival in 2013, the club currently has a surplus of resources up front should it decide to sell his rights.
Traditionally even further down the global soccer food chain than MLS is, the CSL has made worldwide headlines over the past month with the signings of Jackson Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Alex Teixeira from Shakhtar Donetsk.
Read the full ESPN FC report here.