After all the engrossing FA Cup action in the Football Transfer Tavern today, attention has turned back to transfer activity across Europe and news is now emerging from Mail Online that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has rejected Premier League advances to sign for Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The 34-year-old has agreed an 18-month contract with the Istanbul-based side after terminating his contract with Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua early as he struggled to settle during his seven month spell in the Far East.
The former Blues man is currently on duty for the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations but it appears that he has found enough free time to agree a surprise move to Turkey.
It was understood that Italian sides AC Milan and Juventus were both interested in signing Drogba and he was even linked with a return to Stamford Bridge after he trained with the club before he flew out to South Africa but any thoughts of that have been ended after today’s news.
The powerful frontman will join up with Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder at the Turk Telekom Arena who also signed for Gala last week in a £8.6 million deal and possibly Manchester City’s Kolo Toure too as the Turkish side look to build a team capable of challenging in Europe at the highest level.