According to reports on Chinese social media, Changchun Yatai has recruited experienced defender Rao Weihui from Beijing Renhe.
Rao Weihui, who mainly plays at left-back, has spent his entire career with Renhe, progressing through the club’s youth system before making his first-team debut in 2008.
Rao has been with the club since they were known as Shaanxi Chanba before becoming Guizhou Renhe and eventually moving to the Chinese capital in 2016.
In total, Rao has participated in 265 total games for the “ other ” club in Beijing, unable to help them avoid relegation from the top tier in 2019, missing half the season due to a broken leg.
In China League One, the 31-year-old is said to be a valuable player for many teams and if Weibo reports are to be believed, he has ended his 17-year association with Renhe to join the promotion favorite. Changchun Yatai.
The move is interesting from Changchun’s perspective, with the left-back position now one of the deepest on the team, with Fan Xiaodong and Zhang Zijian, who also signed that transfer window, able to play this. role.
Replacing club legend Zhang Xiaofei was arguably one of the top priorities in Changchun Yatai’s pecking order ahead of the 2020 season and now Samvel Babayan appears to have his pick of at least three options who could be the guy to fill the gap. empty.
Fan Xiaodong’s ability to play in the center of midfield could see him playing more often under Babayan, who could have a solid midfielder three that includes Zhang Li and Chen Po-Liang.
If this is the path the Uzbek manager chooses to follow, bringing in Rao Weihui is a smart move for the club and will provide him with a player who has a lot of top level experience as well as four international caps to his name. .
Rao is also able to play higher up the pitch if needed, providing the team with extra depth in the midfield.
No official announcement has been made by the club yet, so it remains to be seen how reliable the initial report, which came from sources close to Renhe, is.