Team owner Zhu Jun was quoted on Tuesday as saying the 34-year-old Ivorian was definitely joining the club.
Drogba will announce the deal on his personal website, according to the Chinese club’s chief investor Zhu Jun.
Drogba signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Chinese side despite interest from Real Madrid (Spain), Anzhi (Russia), Marseille (France) and Tottenham (England).
Drogba, who is a two-time Africa’s best footballer, will now join his fellow ex-Chelsea player, Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua.
The deal is reportedly worth €12 million-a-year and will make him the most expensive player in the Chinese Super League. This means Drogba will make 250,000 euros a week, far surpassing his salary at Chelsea.
It would be recalled that the Ivorian moved to Chelsea from Olympique Marseille in 2004 and scored a total of 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues over his eight years spent at the London club.
Drogba’s debut is slated for July 14 against Beijing Guoan.
Drogba is the captain and all-time top scorer of the Côte d’Ivoire national football team (Ivory Coast). He has scored more goals for Chelsea than any other foreign player and is currently Chelsea’s fourth highest goal scorer of all time. His key attributes include his physical strength, ability in the air, and his ability to retain possession of the ball.