Chinese Club Claim Anelka Deal

  • Last Updated: December 11 2011, 10:58 GMT

Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua claim they have agreed terms with Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka.

Nicolas Anelka: Heading for Shanghai, say club

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 - last week he revealed he knew where he would be playing after the transfer window, admitting it would not be Chelsea.

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.