The rise of football in China continues after Sky Sports announced a deal to screen Chinese Super League matches live.
Clubs in the Far East have been splashing the cash in recent months, as they bid to attract the world's top players, and they appear to have made TV bigwigs in the UK take notice.
Sky have secured the rights to broadcast matches for the next three years, starting almost immediately with the visit of Jiangsu Suning to Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday.
The agreement gives English football fans the chance to see some familiar names in action, including the likes of Graziano Pelle and Ramires, who only recently relocated from the Premier League.
Super League clubs spent more money on transfers during the last window than their English top-flight counterparts, with their collective £208million outlay dwarfing the £127m in the Premier League.
So far in the current window, Pelle has been lured from Southampton to Shandong Luneng by a contract worth an astonishing £13.5m a year, while Hulk has moved from Zenit St Petersburg to Shanghai SIPG for £46m to earn £340,000 a week.
A cluster of stars who previously plied their trade in Europe, including Alex Teixeira, Jackson Martinez, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Papiss Cisse, Gervinho, Asamoah Gyan and Demba Ba have also been tempted to China by the extraordinary money on offer, while President Xi Jinping is supporting plans to make his country a football superpower.
The Chinese Super League began in March and runs until November, with 16 teams involved in the competition.
Source : dailymail.co.uk