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It’s official: Greenland takeover Shanghai Shenhua, Zhu Jun finally sells up

Greenland Group have officially announced the completion of its takeover of Shanghai Shenhua and has signed an agreement to acquire all the club’s assets.

Due to the timing of the announcement, right on Chinese New Year’s eve, the real estate group did not release any details of the deal, stating only that more information would be forthcoming in due course. However, that a deal has been agreed brings to an end Zhu Jun’s chaotic and shambolic seven year reign as owner of Shanghai Shenhua and closes the most turbulent period in the club’s history.

According to media reports however, the five state-owned enterprises paid Zhu Jun around 200 million RMB (24 million Euro) for his 28.5% stake in the club and his operational rights. Greenland will now become Shenhua’s holding company. It is also claimed that both Zhu Jun and Greenland will jointly cover the cost of any compensation the club must pay Didier Drogba for breaking his contract. This matter is under appeal at FIFA and Shenhua may yet have to pay around 12 million Euro to the Ivorian.

The announcement puts to an end six months of speculation that Greenland would take over the club, with rumours in the past month intensifying. Your correspondent’s sources also turned out to be correct that Zhu Jun would be out before Chinese New Year:

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The biggest problem now facing Shenhua is reinforcing the a squad left decimated by Zhu Jun, who sold key players Wang Dalei, Dai Lin and Song Boxuan in something of a scorched earth exercise in his final days as controller of the club. According to league regulations, Shenhua can only sign one more domestic player and two more foreign players before the season begins.

With Shenhua’s signings so far being CSL reserves and China League One players, the club has a real job on its hands avoiding relegation this coming season.

Much remains to be seen as to what exactly the Greenland takeover will mean for Shenhua’s transfer policy this season, the club’s future, and its impact on the rest of Chinese football. Each of these three could be very significant.

UK trained journalist and long-time Chinese football observer Cameron Wilson has been writing about Chinese football for over a decade...

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. semprepippo

    31/01/2014 at 04:36

    Lets start a new period, Shenhua! 🙂
    Three good transfers and a concentrate preseason time and we’ll be much better next season.

    • davidoffbali

      31/01/2014 at 08:44

      Good Luck for the new Owner
      Happy Chinese New Year for all China football Fans

  2. Yenster

    31/01/2014 at 21:32

    FINALLY!
    Zhu Jun’s reign of terror is finally over, however my favourite part of this article is the bit which says Greenland acquiring “all the club’s assets” because while Zhu Jun may have been the Head of the Shenhua’s ownership monster, those other major shareholders were parasitic S.O.B’s of worst.

    Happy Chinese New Year Shenhua fans 🙂

  3. feilipu

    03/02/2014 at 19:24

    WTF, Zhu Jun was paid exactly twice what they owe Drogba to sell his stake? This appeal is taking forever.
    What are the odds that he doesn’t get paid? With Sepp Blatter running FIFA anything is possible.

  4. Damian Jones

    08/02/2014 at 10:03

    This means that the fans now get to shout “liu di dui” instead of “Shenhua dui”.
    Hopefully, fans will shout the name of the city and not the company.

    As for losing your keeper Wang Dalei, no worries. What an overrated primadonna he was. I really don’t know what the fuss was about. He seemed to cover up his glaring inadequacies with a larger than life character, facial expressions, hairstyles and blaming defenders for mistakes. He may have been a popular figure with the fan but I think Shanghai will be better without him.

    Good luck in the future and hopefully we’ll see Shanghai back in the ACL soon (hopefully not in the 1st CSL place though 🙂

  5. Cameron Wilson

    08/02/2014 at 10:43

    I couldn’t disagree with you more Damian. Wang Dalei single-handedly saved Shenhua’s bacon on countless occasions last season, without him the team would most likely be in CL1 right now. This season the club faces very serious issues in defence and we will find out just how good Wang really was at Shenhua.

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