Didier Drogba has agreed 'in principle' to join Shanghai Shenhua this summer, according to reports in China.

The 34-year-old will leave Chelsea as a free agent at the end of this month after deciding against extending his stay with the Blues by another season.

According to the official Oriental Morning Post, Drogba will now move to China with an agreement between his representatives and Shenhua having been reached over a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Ivorian striker will become the highest paid player in China when he puts pen to paper, with Drogba's salary expected to be in the region of £200,000-per-week.

Drogba leaves Chelsea after eight years, and as one of the Stamford Bridge club's all-time great players, particularly following his contribution in the final of the Champions League last month.

An announcement regarding Drogba's future is expected to be made in the next week or so, and the former Marseille forward says he is set for an 'interesting' adventure.

"The next step is going to be an interesting one and I think soon I'm going to announce it," Drogba said on a promotional trip to India.

"For now, I'll just ask you to wait a few moments."

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