UPDATE: The move was made official.
It would appear as though Fredy Montero's game-winner on Saturday was a bit of a parting gift for Sporting CP. Reports out of Portugal and Colombia are independently claiming Montero has been transferred to Chinese club Tianjin Teda, a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season. The Chinese Super League's campaign roughly mirrors MLS, starting in March and ending in November.
The move is a bit of a weird one, as Sporting CP will receive journeyman Argentine striker Hernan Barcos as well as about €5 million. Montero has apparently agreed to a contract with his new club.
While this may seem like a bit of a head scratcher for Montero -- especially with the prospect of Sporting CP qualifying for Champions League next season -- the reality is that he was finding it difficult to regularly get onto the field. Montero's goal on Saturday was just his third in league play this year and he'd started just five league games. Tianjin Teda should at least offer regular playing time, and most likely a hefty paycheck.
As of a few days ago, Chinese clubs had been the most active in the world during the current transfer window, having spent nearly $200 million. That figure includes nearly $50 million spent by second-division clubs. Although these figures will likely change significantly as the transfer window closes today or tomorrow in most of Europe's top leagues, it appears as though China will increasingly be part of these conversations.