Chelsea striker Drogba closes in on Shanghai Shenhua switch - report

The Blues forward is nearing the end of "months of negotations" over a big-money switch to the Chinese Super League side, as his Stamford Bridge love affair comes to an end
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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is reportedly close to finalising a move to Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, where he is expected to link-up with former team-mate Nicolas Anelka.

The 34-year-old's contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the month and the Ivorian is believed to have been holding discussions for months with the Chinese Super League club.

Shenhua manager Sergio Batista has spoken enthusiastically of the chances of Drogba swapping London for Shanghai.

During a news conference, which was posted on a Shanghai media website, Batista said: “The possibility of Drogba coming is still relatively large.

“I believe the club's management is still in contact with Drogba.”

Batista also added that he did not expect any further news on the attempt to sign Drogba until 30 June.

However, it has been reported in Chinese media that a member of the club’s board, Zhou Jun, is set to speak directly with the forward.