Premier League - Shenhua step up Drogba pursuit

Thu, 19 Jan 12:52:00 2012

Shanghai Shenhua have claimed they are in talks to sign Didier Drogba just a month after landing his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

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Drogba, who rejected a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge after demanding a two-year deal, has been linked with a move to China for some time.

Dalian Aerbin reportedly offered the 33-year-old wages of £200,000 a week but their Chinese Super League rivals now appear to be in pole position.

A Shenhua spokesman was quoted as saying talks have been taking place, and owner Zhu Jun cryptically spoke of the pursuit on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, saying: "It's like flirting with a girl. Perhaps she will resist you at first, but if you continue to ask her out, it always ends well. Never give up."

Board member Zhou Jun told Shanghai Daily: "Everything is going well so far, though there have been a few obstacles.

"It's like making a blockbuster film. When superstars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Zhou Xun have confirmed their participation, other actors and actress will be confident of the movie."

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