The Chelsea captain is on the verge of sealing an astonishing move to the Far East despite claiming he would like to remain at Stamford Bridge, according to media reports on Tuesday morning.
"I still want to play for a couple more years, hopefully that's at Chelsea," said Terry on Monday during a trip to Denmark. "I'm a Chelsea player and that has been my club since the age of 14. I love Chelsea."
The former England centre-half was sent off in his side's defeat at Sunderland on Saturday meaning he will be suspended for Wednesday's trip to Liverpool and the final match of the season with champions Leicester City on Sunday.
Luiz floored Ceballos during fight at Arsenal training ground - report
It would be low-key way to end a glorious 18-year career that has seen him win the Champions League, Europa League, four Premier Leagues, five FA Cups and four League Cups, but his departure is likely to be eased by what could lie on the table away from England.
It has been claimed new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is unlikely to extend Terry's contract leaving him free to negotiate a possible move to the US to join fellow Premier League players such as Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard or a move to the Middle East or China, where a number of players cash in late in their careers.
Sven-Goran Eriksson (AFP)
Image credit: Eurosport
The Sun claims China is the likely destination for Terry where he will apparently earn £500,000-a-week turning out for a Super League side.
Terry is apparently already an ambassador for the Guangzhou Football Association, and China has two of his former managers working over there in a league that is supported by the state and the country's president Xi Linping.
Former Chelsea coach Phil Scolari runs Guangzhou Evergrande while the former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson manages Shanghai SIPG and has been touted with an interest in his former captain.
His former Chelsea team-mate Demba Ba is turning out for Shanghai Shenhua.
"If John contacts me, I'd tell him 'get on the next plane over here - what are you waiting for?" Ba said recently in The Sun
Havertz returns to Chelsea training after positive Covid-19 test
Newcastle United confirm legal dispute with Premier League over failed Saudi takeover