Shanghai Shenhua wants Chelsea's Drogba to follow Anelka

Shanghai Shenhua want Didier Drogba to follow Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka to China.
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Shanghai Shenhua want Didier Drogba to follow Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka to China.

The Chinese Super League club have confirmed that Anelka will join them on a two-year deal in January that is understood to be worth £175,000 per week.

The dream is now to partner the Frenchman with the Drogba. With the financial muscle of businessman Zhou Jun behind them - he made his fortune from an internet company which held the China licence for the hugely popular World of Warcraft fantasy game - Shenhua have shown they can compete with anyone. And Zhou says there is more to come.

"(Didier) Drogba, is a very excellent player. From the perspective of Chinese football, if these big-name players, these excellent players, are willing to come to China, we are willing to have warm negotiations and communications with them," Zhou said.

"A lot of clubs are chasing Drogba. From our perspective... we also have to see what Drogba wants. So from our club's perspective, we have this to say - If he is willing to come, we will definitely welcome him."

Drogba, whose contract at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of the season, has been offered a three-year deal worth more than £30million - £200,000 a week - by Dalian Aerbin.

Aerbin's general manager Li Ming said he was waiting for a response on the offer, adding: "Money is not the problem.

"Drogba is still one of the most popular soccer stars in the world, though he will be 34 years old. We have talked a lot with Drogba's agent and promised to provide him with a three-year contract."

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