Didier Drogba could be about to complete a dramatic turnaround and sign for Barcelona, just days after announcing he would join Shanghai Shenhua.
The former Chelsea forward left Stamford Bridges having struck the winning penalty in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich last month, and agreed to head to the Chinese Super League in a deal worth around £200,000-a-week to the Ivorian.
Reports in Spain suggest Drogba had a clause written into his contract with Shanghai that allows him to discuss terms with the Catalan club for free should they come calling.
Spanish broadcaster TV3 report that Drogba is due in Barcelona on Tuesday in order to meet the club’s directors and discuss a potential deal. Spanish radio station Onda Cero are also reporting that the deal is going ahead, however Catalan newspapers Sport and Mundo Deportivo insist there is no truth to the story.
Sources close to the 34-year-old have refuted the story, claiming that he is still due to join up with his new team-mates in China next month.
Drogba scored 157 goals for Chelsea after joining the club in a £24 million deal from Marseille in the summer of 2004.
The prolific striker insisted that he had made the right decision to join Shanghai upon announcing his deal with the club, saying he had made the decision based on more than just football reasons.
“I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League,’ he said earlier this month.
“When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans. I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.”