Sammir has become the highest-paid Croatia international after completing a move to Jiangsu Suning.
Vecernji report that the attacker left Getafe for China to receive wages bigger than that of his significantly higher profile Croatian internationals Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic.
Here’s the kicker: Sammir only received seven caps and last appeared for the national team in 2014.
Benefiting from the Chinese transfer boom, Sammir will reportedly earn around €6.5 million annually. An absolutely fortune, especially considering the Brazilian-born only moved to Spain in 2014.
He did admittedly have an impressive seven-year spell with Dinamo Zagreb before that move.
Sammir obviously doesn’t earn as much from endorsements as the likes of the aforementioned trio but this move could open commercial doors for the 28-year-old.
It will be fascinating to see the long-term effects of this transfer boom in China. Will it fizzle out or is this the start of something huge? One thing we do know is that Sammir won’t be the last player to earn a lucrative move.