Gus Poyet is keen to tempt John Terry with a huge offer to bring him to the Chinese Super League, according to a report from Daily Star.
Former Chelsea midfielder Poyet was appointed as the new manager of Chinese Super League Giants Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday, and is already working out every possibility to make John Terry his first signing.
The 35-year-old is also a strong target for Shanghai SIPG, now managed by Andre Villas-Boas, as well as Big Phil Scolari’s Guangzhou Evergrande.
It is believed that Terry is also considering a move to China in a bid to work with his former teammate, but his decision completely depends on the financial package on offer.
The Englishman’s reported first choice is to stay at Stamford Bridge, but the Blues’ skipper is well aware that he had to wait until the end of last season to secure a one-year extension, and as for the current season, there has been no indication from Antonio Conte that he will be offered a new deal once again.
Terry’s season has been cut short by persistent injuries, and he is all set to miss Saturday’s challenging trip to Manchester City because of a gluteus problem.
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The experienced defender has made only one substitute appearance since Chelsea embarked upon a seven-match winning campaign in the League. The only start Terry enjoyed during that time was in Chelsea’s EFL Cup defeat to West Ham.
He was previously out of action for six agonising weeks due to an ankle injury — and in his absence, Conte preferred a 3-4-3 system which eventually helped the Blues to climb top of the table.
The Italian has repeatedly hinted that John Terry will not be treated as a special case despite his huge status as the Blues skipper and his 18-year spell at Stamford Bridge, which leaves Terry to look for other options.
It is believed that Terry has been given the chance to discuss his future with overseas clubs from January, and if latest reports are to be believed, he has attracted interest from clubs in Turkey and the US as well.
Chelsea, in the meantime, have some kind of connection with Shanghai Shenhua, given former players Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba have played there in the past, while another one of their former players, Demba Ba, is at the club right now.
Terry had to take a big pay cut to secure his ongoing Chelsea deal, but he has a chance to make an impressive increase on his wages and earn upto £50,000-a-week if he agrees to join Shanghai.