Though the transfer window is closed for business until January, speculation is rife. The latest is Arsenal’s apparent interest to lure Didier Drogba back to the Premier League. Before continuing, let us remember than Drogba was everything there was during his time at Chelsea, so I am not quite sure why he would consider moving back.
Also, he is reportedly on £200,000 at Shanghai, double what Arsenal are willing to pay their top stars.
With apparent ‘power struggles’ within the board members at Shanghai Shenhua, it seems that Drogba may seek a move away from the Chinese club. With Robin Van Persie’s departure and Olivier Giraud’s lack of composure in front of goal, reports suggest that Arsenal may look to fill the void by signing the 34-year-old. However, Liverpool and Real Madrid are also on alert with regards to the striker’s availability, and would be more likely to give in to his wage demands.
Liverpool have got of to a lack-lustre start to the season and Brendan Rodgers is keen to add another striker to his squad. A marquee signing such as that of Drogba’s may relieve some of the pressure he faces. Real Madrid are also keeping tabs on his availability. Drogba enjoyed success under the former Blues manager and a reunion could be on the cards. However, with Higuain and Benzema already on the books, Real may look to offload first.
Drogba has won the Premier League three times, FA Cup four times, League Cup twice, Community Shield twice and topped it all off by helping Chelsea lift the Champions League last season. His physical strength and combativeness make him one of the most difficult strikers to mark. Add to that his lethal touch in front of goal and you can see why most teams do not like playing against him.
According to The Guardian, here has been an equity stake row amongst board members and this could directly affect the payment of player’s wages. This would mean that the club would struggle to pay the huge wages commanded by players such as Drogba and Anelka.
However, when interviewed on Talk Sport, Stamford Bridge favourite Ray Wilkins believes that the move would never materialise.
“How can he go to Arsenal after spending eight years at Chelsea? Didier, in his heart of hearts, would think that’s a step too far,” said Wilkins.
Someone with Didier’s experience and ability would strengthen any team and it will be interesting to see how things develop.