Stamford Bridge skipper is a wanted man.
JOHN TERRY is a target for China’s top two clubs, who will offer him an escape route from the unsavoury race row overshadowing his season.
Shanghai Shenhua and Guangzhou Evergrande are prepared to provide the Chelsea and England skipper with a move abroad, away from the potential fallout following allegations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.
The Chinese are believed to be ready to offer Terry a loan or short-term deal on up to
£200,000 a week if he feels like getting away from it all for a while… provided Chelsea can be persuaded to let him go.
The money men behind China’s fast-emerging clubs have made Terry a wanted man as they seek to establish themselves as a world football force as well as an economic one.
Both Shanghai and Guangzhou would be prepared to pay Terry top money for him to take a ‘sabbatical’ from English football while the clamour over his court case dies down.
Chelsea’s Nicolas Anelka has already been lured to Shanghai on £175,000 a week – the sort of weekly wage that most Chinese couldn’t earn in a lifetime.
Whilst the idea that Chinese sides may well be keen to bring in a high profile name the idea that such a deal could be on a short term ‘sabbatical’ doesn’t really hold water. There would certainly be no chance that any Premier League side would agree to loaning a player for a substantial period of time half way across the world in the manner that occurs in the MLS close-season.
John Terry will in all likelihood see out his career at the West London club he clearly loves and despite any possible ban that could result from the police investigation into the incident with Anton Ferdinand the Chelsea centre back is still a hugely important player who is not likely to be offloaded any time soon.