Shanghai Shenhua target Luis Enrique as new head coach

Shanghai Shenhua have targeted former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique to replace Gustavo Poyet in the coaching role.

Enrique, whose contract expired last June, opted to take a 12-month sabbatical following his departure from Camp Nou at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

According to reports from TMW, Shanghai Shenhua have former Barcelona under their radar after a disappointing season, in which the big-spending club were slumping to 11th in the Chinese Super League fixture.

Despite having spent large sums on money strengthening their team, the Shanghai-based lost in the preliminary round of the AFC Champions League against Brisbane Roar this year and have nothing to fight for in their domestic league.