Less than two weeks before the Seattle Sounders face Club America in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, their seeming logjam at forward may get a little less impacted. Obafemi Martins is the latest player to attract the interest of the Chinese Super League's spending spree, according to an ESPN report that cites "multiple sources."
It's unclear how far along the negotiations may be, but the story calls the situation "fluid" and claims that multiple clubs are interested in the Sounders' leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. There are apparently four teams in the CSL who have not yet filled their limit of five foreigners and the transfer window doesn't close until Feb. 26.
If Martins chooses to accept a CSL offer, the timing would obviously be bad. But the Nigerian is signed through 2017 and would almost certainly attract a sizable transfer fee.
While the overall playing level of the CSL remains somewhere below MLS, according to most, they have spent lavishly recently. During the current transfer window, they've spent well over $250 million in transfer fees and attracted such players as Chelsea's Ramires, Liverpool target Alex Texeira and Colombia star Jackson Martinez. Fredy Montero also recent signed with the CSL's Tianjin Teda.