Chelsea

Drogba up for Italian challenge

A former favourite in the Football Transfer Tavern, it was hoped that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba would once again be gracing the Premier League after January, however it now appears that instead he has set his sights on a switch to Italy.

Drogba memorably scored the winning penalty for the Blues in last season’s Champions League final which turned out to be his last kick of the ball for the Stamford Bridge outfit as he moved to the Far East with Shanghai Shenhua.

However he is already looking to move back to Europe after just six months in China and Sky Sports report that he is hopeful of securing a move to a top Italian side in the January window.

The 34-year-old has recently been training with Chelsea, raising hope of a return to his old stomping ground but an emotional return now appears unlikely.

Both Juventus and AC Milan are thought to be interested in signing the powerful frontman who would be available on a free transfer and the prospect of playing in the Champions League again will be an attraction for Drogba.

His agent told Sky Sports: “Didier has a termination agreement with the Chinese club and I think he has a lot of possibilities in January.

“There is real interest from Juventus and AC Milan, and it is the same from Didier. There has been contacts with both club and next week we will hear from them again. He would love to compete in one of the world’s best leagues, such as the Italian Serie A.”

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