Shanghai Shenhua are ready to hand Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka a massive final pay-day.

The Sunday Mirror says Shanghai Shenhua lead the race to sign Chelsea and France striker Anelka.

The 32-year-old, who is out of contract next summer, handed in a transfer request yesterday, as did Blues' Brazilian defender Alex.

Billionaire-bankrolled Shanghai also plan to recruit Jean Tigana as coach.