Chelsea have confirmed a deal for Nicolas Anelka to join Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.

The 32-year old Frenchman has been heavily linked with the Chinese Super League club in recent weeks and now the Blues have stated that a deal has been agreed upon.

"Chelsea Football Club and Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua have agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Nicolas Anelka in the January transfer window," read a statement on the club's official website.

Anelka put in a transfer request earlier this month and will now move to Shanghai in the New Year.

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