Australia international and Shanghai Shenhua forward Tim Cahill predicts it's only a matter of time before a Chinese club breaks the £50 million transfer milestone as they continue to raid European talent.
The Everton legend told Fox Sports: "They’ve got the power and when they want something, they get it and when they don’t want something they get rid of it.
"It’s pretty much like a revolving door, you see a lot of players coming in and a lot of players going.
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"It’s crazy to see but this is only going to get worse. This is going to be massive, soon they’ll break the $100 million [£50 million] mark easily."
Cahill, who signed with Shanghai Shenhua following his departure from MLS outfit New York Red Bulls in early 2015, believes the astonishing financial might of Chinese clubs is capable of attracting top players from the biggest competitions in the world for years to come.
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The former Millwall star says although he was aware of the relentless ambition throughout the nation’s top division when he arrived last February, the rate at which the competition is growing has caught him off guard.
"When I first went to China I knew the vision, I knew what was behind it and I knew what they wanted to do. To see where it’s come to now and where we’re at, it’s pretty crazy."
The Chinese Super League has been making waves following a series of shock deals for marquee signings during the January window.
The competition has seen its transfer fee record broken no less than four times during the past month as it seeks to propel itself into the upper echelons of world football.
Some of the biggest switches saw Alex Teixeira and Ramires join Jiangsu Suning for a collective £65 million and Guangzhou Evergrande complete a £32 million deal for Jackson Martinez, all of whom shunned the likes of Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Chelsea in favour of moving east.
Cahill, 36, believes the recent activity indicates modern footballers have a different attitude towards how they spend their career, placing more importance on financial reward than the satisfaction of playing at the highest level.
"The choices that players are making are not about football like it was in my day, they’re purely about personal gains and it depends what you want as an individual.
"You’re turning down Liverpool, you’re leaving Chelsea," he said, in reference to Teixeira and Ramires.
Cahill is one of the star names in the Shanghai Shenhua dressing room alongside Demba Ba and new recruit Fredy Guarin, but probably not for much longer if the competition can sustain its meteoric rise.
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