Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has emerged as a shock transfer target for Barcelona.
The Ivorian frontman is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after eight years at the club. The Daily Mirror quotes reports in the Spanish press suggesting Barcelona are the latest club to register an interest and the Spanish side, and are reportedly keen to use Drogba as a Henrik Larsson-type impact player.
The Swedish international enjoyed a successful stint with the Catalan giants between 2004 and 2006, during which he won the Champions League. Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is now considering using Drogba in a similar role, and the Ivorian would certainly offer a different option for the reigning Spanish champions.
The Blues' refusal to offer him the security of a two-year deal has opened the door to a possible move away this summer, with rumours of a switch to China and the USA.
However, Barca are thought to be prepared to offer Drogba a one-year deal with the option of a further year subject to performance, which could tempt the frontman to swap west London for Catalonia.
The 34-year-old was the scourge of Barca when he scored at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League semi-final first-leg between the sides last month, and he put in a similarly strong performance at the Nou Camp as the reigning champions crashed out to Chelsea.