Talismanic Chelsea front man Didier Drogba has emerged as a shock transfer target for Chinese superpowers Shanghai Shenhua, who recently announced the capture of former France international striker Nicolas Anelka from Chelsea.

The Chinese side is keeping close tabs on the recent contract situation between The Pensioners and the Ivory Coast international striker after it was revealed that talks for a contract extension between the two sides have come to a standstill. Drogba is looking for a contract of at least two years whereas Chelsea wants to offer him a contract for one year only.

It has been rumored that the former Chinese champions are paying Anelka £ 8 million to don their colors and it is highly likely that they will offer Drogba a salary that will be more or less the same and for a player who is at the wrong end of 30 years and nearing the end of his career, it might also be a good option for Didier Drogba to take up as well.

The Chinese side has also roped in former French international player Jean Tigana to manage the side and the director of the club has also announced that they have spoken to his agent about a possible move to the Far East. It was recently rumored that both Tottenham Hotspur and Italian giants AC Milan are also after his signature but it seems that Shanghai Shenhua is the side that is making all the moves for the Ivorian. According to the director of Shanghai Shenhua, with the signing of Anelka, the club has already made it clear that they have the money and are willing to spend it on quality players and if that player is of the quality of Didier Drogba they will welcome him with open arms and a huge salary.