While new reports are suggesting that China will have to curb its massive spending, Antonio Conte has urged his players that they don’t have to be tempted by the Chinese Super League. Chelsea currently sits atop the Premier League — seven points clear of Tottenham and Liverpool — but the club has recently been at the center of controversy as star striker Diego Costa has been linked with a move away from the club. Costa missed his side’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday after several outlets reported a rift between the Spaniard and Conte. The Chelsea manager told reporters following the match that Costa wasn’t available due to a back injury he suffered in training, but there has been continued
D.C. United didn’t have a top 10 selection in the MLS SuperDraft, but the club is likely to end up with one of the most talented collegiate players in the game. According to the Washington Post, D.C. United is expected to sign Wake Forest attacker Ian Harkes to a multi-year contract. Harkes, 21, came up through D.C.’s academy system before playing all four years for the Demon Deacons. The midfielder has gained significant notoriety over his college career, which concluded with Hermann Trophy honors following his senior senior. As a former member of the D.C. academy, Harkes didn’t have to declare for the SuperDraft and is expected to sign a Homegrown contract with D.C. United in the coming days.
The Chinese Super League has made a quick name for itself over the past year with the division’s lucrative spending habits, however, that could all be coming to an end. According to various reports in China, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) is prepared to limit the number of foreign-based players on each club’s roster ahead of the new season. It is being suggested that teams will be allowed to hold five non-Chinese players on an active roster, however, each club will only be sanctioned to play three of those players on any given matchday. Additionally, the proposed changes would also dictate that each team have two under-23 Chinese players in their matchday roster, with one of those players