Beijing: Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande have signed Atletico Madrid's Colombian striker Jackson Martinez for 42 million euros (USD 46 million), the club said yesterday, smashing the national transfer record.
Martinez, 29, whom Evergrande described on their website as "world class", is the latest Europe-based player to head to the increasingly wealthy Chinese Super League.
The purchase broke the week-old Chinese record buy, Jiangsu Suning's 28-million-euro purchase of Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires.
It took the Chinese Super League's total spending during the current transfer window to 204 million euros, according to website transfermarkt which tracks commercial dealings in the sport, second only to the English Premier League.
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