Money man Tevez touches down in Shanghai

Teams also will be required to field at least two under-23 Chinese players to help develop young domestic footballers.

The abrupt change appears to have caught some teams off-guard.

Shu Yuhui, the chairman of Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, told state media this week the clampdown had scuppered his team’s plans to buy Chelsea’s Spanish striker Diego Costa and a host of other Europe-based stars.

Since the sports ministry’s edict, only one major foreign signing has taken place: Tianjin TEDA snagged Chelsea’s Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel for about 8.5 million euros, according to transfermarktweb.com.

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