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The strange transfer behaviour of Chinese clubs


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I'm having a funny problem in my fm21 save.

I got a job at a club in the Swedish top division, and immediately after i was hired i became targeted by 3 different Chinese clubs who started attempting to buy half of my starting 11 for ridiculously high transfer fees.

They do this every year in january-march, and obviously my board will accept most of these bids because they're paying like 20 times the value of these players.

This situation is practically making the game unplayable right now because i'm losing several of my best players every year, and if i can replace them the chinese will just buy the replacements the following year!

The thing is that these 3 chinese clubs are only buying players from my club, they never buy anyone else. So clearly this is not working as intended. Also it's not like these are world class players or anything, they're just pretty good swedish league players.

What is causing this behaviour, have you seen anything like it? What can i do about it?

My club has received an inordinate amount of money from these transfers that i'm investing in the training facilities and youth development and anything else i can find, but i'm still finding it impossible to constantly replace all of these players.

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I could resign of course but i want this club to work, also i'm kind of worried that this will happen in every swedish club i move to now.

By the way, there's now a thriving community of half-decent and extremely overpaid swedish football players in Shanghai, so that's cool for them.

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It's happened to me the past couple of years.  Chinese clubs always seem to come in with incredibly lucrative offers for decent if not spectacular players.  Not sure if they're going after AI players too as I never pay that much attention, but I've definitely overly profited from them in the past.

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I don't have their leagues loaded but i did have the idea that if i make them playable they might not need to fill their entire squad with ****** swedes anymore. I'll try it.

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I managed in Sweden for 23 years on my save and can confirm that Chinese clubs love a Swedish player. DL Pro used to fill up my inbox with bid after bid of the same player.

Very rarely did the player actually want to leave for China though, and I think I actually only sold 10 over that 23 year period to Chinese clubs (and a couple of them were Brazilian rather than Swedish for a total value of £128m (just went back to look).

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Yes, I always see wealthy Chinese clubs with huge transfer offers, but never to the point of undermining my game or club plans...

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It looks like a modified (custom) database. The game tends not to complete the maximum number of foreign players allowed and Chinese clubs cannot register more than 7 foreigners and cannot use more than 4 in the same time. On the other hand, in the original database (and IRL) it is more likely that a Chinese club will try to transfer a South American (expecially Brazilian or Argentinian) player than an European one.

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