This time last year Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG decided Asamoah Gyan was worth £227,000 a week. Shandong Luneng have just signed Graziano Pelle and are supposedly paying him £260,000 a week. That deal made the Italy international the sixth best paid player in the world.
With those figures being thrown about is anyone that surprised that the latest modern day football madness has seen former Reading boo boy and Welsh legend Hal Robson-Kanu apparently offered £5m per year by Beijing Guoan and Jiangsu Sunning?
If Hal doesn't fancy a move to China then there are also reports that he is wanted by Al Jazira Club. You can bet the Abu Dhabi based club will also be offering the 27-year-old silly money.
Despite these eye watering sums, SkySports believe the Welshman may decide to stay in Britain as he is keen to play in the Premier League. Hull City, Swansea City and Watford are all believed to have a keen interest.
Hull manager Steve Bruce has confirmed his interest and that talks are planned this week. Perhaps more interestingly for Reading fans he had this to say on Robson-Kanu's ability:
"He's had a wonderful tournament but you don't buy somebody on the back of a tournament.
"We've known for years now what a good player he is and he seems to have burst into life going down the middle."
Well I never. A respected manager has just said Robson-Kanu's a good player. Where on earth could he have got that idea from?
In all seriousness, these rumours just underline how ludicrous club football is becoming. Chinese and Premier League clubs are now so rich they don't even need to care how much they spend. That can only have a bad long term effect on the rest of football.