Shanghai SIPG's general manager Sui Guoyang has explained why his side paid such a huge fee to sign Oscar from Chelsea.
It is no secret that Chinese Super League teams boast tremendous financial muscle but nonetheless, Shanghai SIPG splashing close to £60million to secure the services of Oscar from Chelsea has astonished many.
Now SIPG chief Guoyang has gone on to speak regarding the staggering transfer of Oscar and has explained that the Brazilian international would not have bothered to join the Chinese outfit if they did not offer such extortionate amounts.
Guoyang said: "If we don't offer £60 million, do you think he will bother to come?
"There's such a huge gap between CSL and Europe's top leagues. It's unrealistic to suggest that we would have done it in a different way.
"The cost of signing the player was €60m indeed, not £60m. The club's senior management personally flew to Paris to seal the deal."