Shanghai Shenhua are ready to challenge Didier Drogba's move to Galatasaray, claiming the Ivory Coast striker remains under contract with them.
On Monday, Galatasaray announced a deal that would see the 34-year-old Drogba join up with them immediately after the African Nations Cup - currently ongoing in South Africa.
But Drogba's Chinese Super League club, who he joined from Chelsea last summer, issued a statement on their website describing themselves as "deeply shocked" by the announcement, and insisting Drogba remains under contract in China.
"We understand that Drogba is eager to participate in the European Champions League ," the statement added.
"Shanghai Shenhua Football Club and Drogba on July 1, 2012 officially signed a formal contract for a period of two-and-a-half years. The club has acted in accordance with this contract, and has effectively fulfilled the responsibilities and obligations of the club.
"Currently, Drogba is still a player of Shanghai Shenhua Football ...