Chelsea’s pursuit of a new striker could reportedly lead them to club icon Didier Drogba as the veteran Ivorian considers his future with Galatasaray. Drogba is in his maiden full season with the Turkish club but, it would appear, is contemplating his options.
According to the Daily Mail, Drogba is pondering a fresh challenge and the 36-year-old could provide a solution for Jose Mourinho in the short-term at least. Drogba left Chelsea after scoring the decisive penalty in the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich two years ago, and a proposed return would surely be an emotional one.
Drogba did come back to Stamford Bridge this season when Galatasaray met Chelsea in the last 16 of Champions League, although was unable to inspire his team to a positive result. Chelsea won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill, which allowed them to progress into the quarter-finals.
Chelsea are expected to complete the £32 million acquisition of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid during the summer transfer window, but it is likely Mourinho will look to recruit at least one more striker. Drogba could be that player, although a stumbling block would be his salary.
Given the pressure Chelsea are under to fall in line with UEFA’s FFP regulations, it would seem unlikely they would sanction such a lucrative deal for a player of Drogba’s advanced years. But, when it comes to Chelsea, things are never straightforward.