Shin-Wook and El Shaarawy Join Shanghai Shenhua

Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua are completing an overhaul for their foreign roster ahead of the second leg of the season, announcing the signings of Jeonbuk Hyundai’s Kim Shin-Wook and Roma’s Stefan El Shaarawy.

This move comes shortly after the side parted ways with former Watford and Espanyol manager Quique Sanches Flores, replacing him with Korean boss Choi Kang-Hee, who had worked with Tianjin Quanjian and Dalian Yifang in the Super League previously.

Korean striker Kim Shin-Wook has been one of the K-League’s most prolific forwards and is still among the nation’s most lethal marksmen at age 31. Having worked with coach Choi previously at Jeonbuk, the rapport between player and coach could make this a useful signing for Shanghai Shenhua.

Meanwhile, Stefan El Shaarawy joins from AS Roma, having made 93 appearances for the club between 2016 and 2019, and has bagged 23 senior caps for Italy. Along with his talent, the winger brings name recognition and star power to improve the club’s marketability.

Shanghai Shenhua are in need of a boost after a poor first half of the campaign sees them sitting just one point above the relegation zone after 16 matches played.