Chen Po-Liang joins Changchun Yatai on trial

Taiwanese international Chen Po-Liang is set to team up with Changchun Yatai on trial, according to reports and rumors on social media.

The domestic transfer window has remained open and Changchun Yatai could sign three more national first team signings before the start of the 2020 season.

China League One teams are allowed to register a player from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan as a native player, which means they will not be considered an import.

Chen Po-Liang, 31, is a well-known player in Chinese leagues, having previously spent time with Shenzhen and Shanghai Shenhua before joining his current team, Zheijiang Greentown.

Since arriving in Zhejiang, Chen has made 132 league appearances for the former Super League club and is currently the team’s captain, playing a central role in the heart of the midfielder.

Known as Chen Bailiang on the mainland, the defensive midfielder is also captain of the Chinese Taipei national team, also holding the record for most caps (79) and goals scored (25).

Prior to the start of the winter 2020 transfer window, the center-midfielder was in great need for Samvel Babayan’s side, with Zhang Li and Li Guangwen the best options available for the Uzbek manager.

Brazilian Lucas Souza has been asked to provide a new option, but he is unlikely to play more than 15 games during the season due to second tier rules on imported players on match days.

With Aaron Olanare and Serginho likely to be Babayan’s favorite starters, it still leaves him in need of depth and competition in one of the most important positions.

Having Chen Po-Liang join the team would arguably give them a new starting candidate alongside Zhang Li, seeing Li Guangwen pushed further down the pecking order.

His experience in League One, as well as in the top tier, will make him a coveted signing and his trial with the club will hopefully be just a formality before seeing the international sign on a permanent basis.

While it’s unclear when we’ll see Changchun Yatai play competitive football this year, the moves Babayan has made so far appear to give the club a positive trend and a push for promotion should be firmly on the cards. from the very first kick-off. .

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