Former Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and
Nicolas Anelka could be sold by China's Shanghai Shenhua due to
an escalating equity stake row among shareholders, local media
Chairman Zhu Jun, who holds a 28.5 percent stake, would only
pay his share of the club's daily costs if his demands for
greater control were not met, according to the China Daily.
Zhu currently controls the Chinese Super League club along
with five state-owned enterprises after becoming a shareholder
The agreement was that if he invested $23.6 million over two
years, his stake would increase to more than 70 percent, the
The Oriental Sports Daily reported that Zhu had ploughed
more than $94 million into the club in the past five-and-a-half
years, while the state-owned companies had spent nothing.
The transfer of shares stalled in 2009 and again last year,
a source told the Oriental.
"It is annoying and has had a bad effect on many of our
tasks," a club official said. "The biggest problem is that the
operation and financing work of the club cannot be carried out
"The equity stakes issue has become the biggest bottleneck
for the development of Shenhua."
If unresolved, Zhu, who has been signing all the cheques,
could decide to cough up just 28.5 percent of the club's
expenditure, potentially affecting player salaries.
Colombian Giovanni Moreno missed the match against Shandong
Luneng at the weekend amid speculation Shenhua had fallen short
on his transfer fee with Argentina's Racing Club.
The futures of Drogba and Anelka could be in the balance if
Shenhua fail to make their salary payments. Both reportedly earn
over $300,000 a week.
Despite investing heavily in big-name foreign players,
Shenhua sit 10th in the 16-team Chinese Super League on 27
points from 23 matches. Leaders Guangzhou Evergrande are on 47
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