Board games in Shenhua could see Drogba,Anelka leave Chinese team

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 reported

Written by Reuters | Shanghai | Published: August 29, 2012 1:26:10 am

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 reported. 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 club along with five state-owned enterprises after becoming a shareholder in 2007.

The agreement was that if he invested $23.6 million over two years,his stake would increase to more than 70 percent,the newspaper reported.

The Oriental Sports Daily reported that Zhu had ploughed more than $94 million into the club. Zhu could decide to cough up just 28.5 percent of the club’s expenditure,potentially affecting player salaries. 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.

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