Chelsea's plan to bring legendary striker Didier Drogba back to the club are in jeopardy, with transfer interest from Roma developing over the dominant Ivorian.
According to Italian sources cited by talkSPORT, the Serie A outfit are keen to sign Drogba after his Galatasaray contract expires at the end of the current season and are willing to offer the striker a £3.3 million-per-year deal to join the club as a player.
Such news would appear to pose a significant threat to Chelsea, with reports towards the end of February suggesting that owner Roman Abramovich was keen to bring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge this summer in a coaching capacity.
Assuming that each piece of aforementioned speculation has some sort of merit, you imagine that much will depend on how Drogba - who turned 36 on Tuesday - sees the next few years of his illustrious career panning out.
Given his advanced years, he may well decide to bring the curtain down on his playing days - something that could surely work in Chelsea's favour.
However, the striker's keen hunger for the game is still evident for all to see during his spell in Turkey. Roma, a reputable club who currently sit second in their domestic league behind reigning champions Juventus, are clearly a club on the up so it is difficult to see Drogba not being tempted by such a potential offer.
However, before he makes any important decisions over his future, Drogba must first concentrate on a rather important fixture to come next week as he makes what is sure to be an emotional return to Chelsea for Galatasaray's Champions League last 16 second-leg tie.