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The struggling stars like Sanchez and Bale trapped on inflated contracts

Some of the biggest moves in this summer's transfer market are taking a long time to come to fruition, and part of the reason for that is the size of the contracts involved. Which players are the most overpaid? Which player's deal is the hardest to move? Here are 10 of the most bloated contracts -- some even unmovable -- in terms of weekly wages in football today.

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- Quiz: Which star are you? Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar or Mbappe? 


Oscar stars but Shanghai SIPG are held by Ulsan Hyundai

Oscar twice scored levellers for Shanghai SIPG.

Oscar scored twice but was unable to keep Shanghai SIPG's perfect start in the Asian Champions League going as Ulsan Hyundai held them to a 2-2 draw on Wednesday.

Richard Windbichler gave Ulsan the lead in the 37th minute, but Oscar responded with a low drive into the corner less than a minute later.

And two minutes after Kim In-Sung had put South Korean side Ulsan back in front in the 70th minute, Oscar struck again with a curling effort from the edge of the area into the top corner.

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Oscar prepares for CSL comeback after eight-match ban for brawl

Oscar will return to the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Sunday evening after serving an eight-game ban for his side's crucial meeting with Tianjin Quanjian.

The former Chelsea man, whose €60 million transfer in January set a new Asian transfer record, was handed the suspension in June.

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He was adjudged to have instigated a brawl during SIPG's 1-1 with Guangzhou R&F. Since then, SIPG have won just three of the six CSL matches that Oscar has missed.

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Shanghai SIPG look to take over from Guangzhou at the top in China

Shanghai SIPG meet Guangzhou Evergrande on Saturday in the biggest game of the 2017 Chinese Super League (CSL) campaign so far.

Andre Villas-Boas' second-placed side will aim to avenge their loss to the league leaders earlier in the season, and finally move back into pole position.

With just one point separating two with 13 games remaining in the season, it will be a pivotal evening in determining the destination of the CSL crown for 2017.

Here are five things to look out for:

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Oscar given eight-match ban for inciting Chinese Super League brawl

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been given an eight-match ban and a fine by Chinese football authorities after he was judged to have instigated a mass brawl in Shanghai SIPG's draw with Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.

Oscar, 25, has also been fined 40,000 RMB (£4,623.50) in a move that will deprive Andre Villas-Boas of the services of the player until mid-August as the Chinese Football Association seeks to protect the reputation of the country's premier domestic competition.

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Shanghai's Oscar denies disrespecting Guangzhou R&F following brawl

Shanghai SIPG midfielder Oscar has denied disrespecting Guangzhou R&F after his actions sparked a brawl that saw two men sent off during the sides' Chinese Super League game on Sunday.

Oscar was angrily confronted by opponents after twice appearing to deliberately kick the ball at them. A melee broke out which saw Oscar fall to the ground and eventually led to a player from each side being dismissed.

"Disrespect the opponent? It is not true," the Brazil international is reported as telling the Sina...