Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are preparing to rival some of Europe's biggest clubs in the race to sign
Chen is yet to make a first team appearance for Shanghai, but his huge marketing potential is an obvious incentive to any potential suitors.
Full list of the 2019 Toulon Tournament awards:— Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) June 15, 2019
Best player: Douglas Luiz
Best goalkeeper: Wei Chen
Best goalscorer: Matheus Cunha
Second best player: Lyanco
Third best player: Ao Tanaka
Fourth best player: Jayson Molumby
Breakthrough player: Paulinho
Best goal: Paulinho pic.twitter.com/prqD7x8OlW
Scouts from Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain, Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ajax were also present in France, with a transfer tug of war now set to play out for the remainder of the summer.
Though there is no indication at this stage where Chen sees his future, he is unlikely to turn down the riches of a big money move to Europe - with worldwide recognition and exposure guaranteed if a transfer goes through.
Indeed, commercial revenue sales from Asian markets are known to be big money spinners for Europe's biggest clubs, so concluding a deal for Chen makes sense off the field financially, as well as on it.
To date, Chen has made 11 appearances for China's Under-23 side, impressing more and more with every performance. He is a graduate of Shanghai SIPG's youth academy, spending seven years rising through the ranks before earning a place in the first team squad.