THE Asian Cup has obviously been a shop window for a number of players with the eyes of the world on Australia for most of January.
Two Socceroos, Tomi Juric and Nathan Burns, have already been the target of Chinese super club Shanghai Shenhua, and with Australia playing China in the Asian Cup quarter-finals last night, I am sure others will come under the spotlight too from cashed-up clubs.
While Juric (pictured) has turned down a reported $2.5m move to the Far East, Burns appears to be still considering the move.
Juric rejected Shanghai's advances after reportedly chatting to Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, and he is now staying at Western Sydney Wanderers as he looks for a potential move to Europe.
Burns has not made his views public so far after Shanghai apparently offered about $2m for him to switch clubs.
Fellow Socceroo Alex Wilkinson is also understood to have rejected a $1 million move to newly promoted Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Yongchang FC.
While all of these potential moves will make players rich quickly, I doubt if in the long run they will actually become better players.
A move to a top European club would certainly do that and if I were an advisor of any of these players, that is what I would be telling them.
It might take a lot longer to get established in Europe, but it would be worth the wait if a player was to secure a first-team spot.
In China, because there is so much money flying around and the league is relatively new on the world stage, clubs are after a quick fix and they want established players who can perform straight away.
That's not what the likes of Juric and Burns want.
They need a club which can nurture them through, then release them into the big league when ready.
It is a waiting game but if you look at what Tim Cahill achieved in English football, that is the way to go.
Cahill bided his time with Millwall and after being noticed during that club's run to the FA Cup final a move to Everton ensued.
Cahill did become an established Premier League star and that would be the route I would suggest.
You only have to look at Mitch Nichols to see that the grass is not always greener if players move to the Far East.
After making his name for Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Victory, Nichols decided the time was right to make the move to Japan last year.
It could have been successful but unfortunately his time there did not last long and he is back on loan for Perth Glory.
The Queensland-born midfielder made just one start for Cerezo Ozako in an Asian Champions League game and came off the bench in six other matches for a total playing time of 41 minutes.
He was not helped by the fact that former Manchester United and Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was signed not long after Nichols got to the club, but it was always a gamble for him to make the move.
Of course there are risks about moving to Europe too, but culturally Australian players would find it easier to make the move west rather than east and that has to be the way forward for future Socceroos.