Chinese side keen to complete Stamford Bridge double swoop.
Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua claim they have agreed terms with Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.
It was reported earlier in the week that the French forward was mulling over a move to Asian football, with skysports.com revealing that a deal had been put in place.
Having handed in a transfer request at Stamford Bridge, the 32-year-old is preparing to take on a new challenge.
Anelka is currently training away from the first team squad at Chelsea, with it clear that he will be on the move in January.
Shanghai Shenhua say he will be linking up with them, with a contract waiting to be signed.
“We have agreed on all the contract details and we are only waiting for him to sign it,” said club official Ma Yue.
The Chinese outfit have ambitions plans for the future and are keen to raise their profile across the world.
It has been suggested that they could also make a move for Anelka’s Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba.
The Ivorian will see his contract with the Blues expire next summer, and he is yet to agree fresh terms.
Ma admits Shanghai Shenhua would be keen to land Drogba, with contact having been made, but he has made it clear that no deal is close.
“So far, on Drogba to move to Shenhua, our club has no clear confirmation,” he added.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
This could be quite some coup. Nicolas Anelka has been unhappy at his lack of first team action under Andre Villas-Boas and after falling down the Blues pecking order the Chelsea boss has no choice other than to accept the Frenchman’s transfer request and a move to China seems on the cards. Didier Drogba however is an entirely different kettle of fish.
The 33 year old has actually been showing glimpses of his former self with great performances at Newcastle United and then in the key Champions League match with Valencia and he is certain to be a player Villas-Boas does not want to offload, at least not in January.
The Ivory Coast man has scored five in nine starts this campaign and whilst clearly Villas-Boas is building for the future with the likes of Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku being players he hopes can become the nucleus of a future attack line, he also knows he needs short term success to avoid being axed by Roman Abramovich and for this reason alone it seems unlikely that Drogba will go in January and indeed the West London club does appear to be trying hard to get the former Marseille man to put pen to paper on a new deal.