Super Eagles forward, Obafemi Martins’ transfer to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua from the Seattle Sounders will more than double his earnings playing in the free-spending Chinese league, according to reports.
31-year-old Martins was due to make $3.6 million this season in MLS. He will collect $6.6 million in China. The MLS salary, however, is before taxes, while the Chinese contract is the net figure per Washington Post’s Steven Goff.
The Sounders agreed to sell the Nigerian International to Shanghai last week. Sports Illustrated reported the fee is $2 million, while ESPNFC.com said it’s around $3 million. The Chinese club was awaiting the deal to pass through FIFA’s transfer monitoring system and a receipt of his international transfer certificate, which is believed to have occurred Tuesday.
Martins has already joined his new club, which will open the Super League season March 5.
Last week on his Twitter page, he bid farewell to Seattle supporters.
Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience. Seattle has a special place in my heart.
— OBA MARTINS (@Obafemimartins) February 18, 2016
Over three regular seasons, Martins recorded 40 goals and 23 assists in 72 appearances (66 starts) and was a two-team MVP and 2014 Best XI selection.