The Chinese giants are embroiled in a shareholders' dispute involving club chairman Zhu Jun, who holds a 28.5 per cent stake. He says he would only pay his share of the club's daily costs if his demands for greater control were not met.
The futures of Drogba and Anelka could be in the balance if Shenhua fail to make their salary payments. Both earn close to £250,000 a week.
And Spurs would also be keen on Drogba, along with Manchester City.