Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has asked FIFA for special dispensation to make a loan move outside the official transfer window away from Shanghai Shenhua, according to Sports Illustrated.

The Ivory Coast striker has opened the door to a possible return to Europe, with a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, sure to be interested in the former-Chelsea frontman.

Drogba wants to make a temporary switch outside the transfer window - a move which requires special permission from FIFA.

The Ivorian moved to China in the summer after eight hugely successful years at Stamford Bridge. His final act as a Chelsea player was to score the winning Champions League penalty against Bayern Munich in the final last May.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is short of options up front, and, according to talkSPORT, is likely to be interested in a short-term deal, should FIFA grant permission to Drogba.

But the former-Stamford Bridge striker is also interesting his former club Marseille, according to reports.

The Chinese Super League season ended earlier this month, freeing up Drogba to move back to Europe if FIFA beurocracy allows, but the football governing body may not want to set a precedent that threatens the validity of the transfer window.

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