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Seattle Sounders complete Obafemi Martins transfer to Shanghai Shenhua

Obafemi Martins is joining Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League.

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Sounders have completed the transfer of forward Obafemi Martins to Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League for an undisclosed sum.

The Sounders announced completion of the awaited move on Thursday. Martins signed with Seattle as a designated player in March 2013 and scored 40 goals in 72 total appearances with the Sounders.

Martins left the Sounders during preseason training in California and announced his intention to move to Shanghai Shenhua on Feb. 17. The 31-year-old...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey backs Obafemi Martins' right to leave

Seattle Sounders star Clint Dempsey has told reporters that forward Obafemi Martins was within his rights to leave the club for a lucrative offer from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, and counted the Nigerian among his favorite to play with.

The 31-year-old Martins, who had been with the Sounders since 2013, will reportedly move to the Shanghai club for a transfer fee of around $3 million, according to an ESPN FC source. 

Martins scored 40 goals and added 23 assists in 80 league and...

Obafemi Martins says goodbye to Sounders fans ahead of China move

Obafemi Martins has posted on social media that he has decided to leave the Seattle Sounders and join a Chinese club in Shanghai.

Martins posted a lengthy goodbye to Seattle on his Twitter account Wednesday night. Martins said it's "time for a new challenge" and that he has decided to join Shanghai Shenhua of the Chinese Super League while thanking Seattle for his opportunity with the Sounders. The Sounders had no comment.

Seattle Sounders' Obafemi Martins a Chinese Super League target - sources

Nigeria international Obafemi Martins could be leaving the Seattle Sounder for the Chinese Super League, according to sources.

The surge in spending by teams in the Chinese Super League could be about to affect Major League Soccer, with Seattle Sounders forward Obafemi Martins now a target, according to multiple ESPN FC sources.

One source with knowledge of the negotiations emphasized that the situation involving Martins is fluid, but that the Nigerian has attracted interest from multiple Chinese clubs. The source added that Martins is by no means the only MLS player to be pursued by teams in China, though declined to elaborate...

 By Colin Udoh

Obafemi Martins' Nigeria recall spurred by MLS success with Sounders

A grand total of two games is all Obafemi Martins has been asked to play for Nigeria since the 2010 World Cup.

For a man who scored 18 goals in his previous 37, that is an injustice. But to anyone familiar with the workings of Nigerian football, it will come as no surprise. Players are unceremoniously allowed to fade away into the sunset. Some who try to resist are even pushed.

With Martins, he went away quietly, but has allowed his feet -- and the fans -- to fight his very worthy cause. It is a...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

ESPYs: Lionel Messi, Robbie Keane, U.S. women's team all win awards

Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi won the ESPY for Best International Athlete on Wednesday, beating out Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, tennis player Novak Djokovic, golfer Lydia Ko and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.

Messi became the all-time leading scorer in La Liga and UEFA Champions League. He helped Barcelona claim the 2014-15 Champions League title as the joint top scorer (10) and the assists leader (6).

The 2014 Ballon d'Or winner, Ronaldo led La Liga in goals for the 2014-15 season...