Didier Drogba And Nicolas Anelka Could Be Set For Premier League Return

Escalating shareholder row at Shanghai Shenua could see ex-Chelsea pair sold.

Former Chelsea pair Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka could be set for a dramatic return to the Premier League because of an escalating shareholder row at Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenua.

Anelka joined the mega-rich Asian outfit from Stamford Bridge in January and Drogba followed this summer, after helping Chelsea to the FA Cup and Champions League double.

Shanghai’s chairman Zhu Jun is involved in a bitter dispute with the five state-owned enterprises who also control the club and, despite investing £15m over the past two years, Zhu is threatening to pull the plug on his 28.5 per cent investment.

Zhu has reportedly ploughed over £60m into the club over six years, while the state-owned companies have spent nothing.

“It is annoying and has had a bad effect on many of our tasks,” a club official is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “The biggest problem is that the operation and financing work of the club cannot be carried out normally.

“The equity stakes issue has become the biggest bottleneck for the development of Shenhua.”

If the Zhu does withdraw his stake, player salaries could be affected which may force Shanghai to offload Drogba and Anelka, who both earn close to £250,000 a week, making the club’s highest earning individuals.

Colombian Giovanni Moreno missed the match against Shandong Luneng this weekend, with reports suggesting Shanghai had fallen short on his transfer fee with Argentina’s Racing Club.

The Premier League transfer window closes on Friday night but a number of clubs will be on red alert to see if the talented pair do become available.

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