Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been offered a bumper pay packet to switch to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January, as the French attacker’s time at Stamford Bridge looks to be coming to an end.
The veteran forward is in the last year of his contract at the London club, and as he has slipped down the pecking order under Andre Villas Boas looks extremely likely to leave The Blues for free come the summer.
However, Anelka may be tempted to leave England when the January transfer window reopens, and has received a lucrative offer to move to the upcoming Chinese Super League.
The Daily Mail indicates that Anelka has received a £9.16m-a-year deal to go to China and play with Shanghai Shenhua, with Chelsea willing to sell for around £1 million; the interest has been confirmed by the Asian club.
“We asked about Anelka,” a club spokesperson admitted.
“We also know he could leave on a Bosman next summer but many clubs are interested – AC Milan, Russian clubs and some Gulf clubs. If we want to sign him it would cost plenty.”
Meanwhile Romelu Lukaku is reportedly the subject of interest from Everton, with the Goodison Park outfit read to take the Belgian teenage sensation on loan come the new year.
The former Anderlecht forward is still learning his trade, and similar to Anelka has been on the outskirts of the Chelsea first team this season.
By Gareth McKnight