Chelsea have been boosted in their alleged pursuit of Didier Drogba after Juventus turned down the opportunity to sign the Galatasaray striker on a free transfer this summer.
Sky Sports reports how the Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a return to west London, following the expiry of his contract at the Turk Telekom Arena.
Jose Mourinho spoke glowingly about the 36-year-old striker when Chelsea played Galatasaray in the Champions League last-16 last season, prompting speculation the Blues legend could make a shock Stamford Bridge comeback ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Roberto Mancini was keen to keep Drogba in Turkey next season and offered him a new contract, but the veteran marksman appears to have his sights set on a move back to a major European league and spurned the Super Lig club's advances.
However, Serie 'A' - and more specifically Turin - seems an unlikely destination, after Juventus chief executive officer Beppe Marotta confirmed the Italian giants had rejected the chance to sign Drogba.
"Drogba is a free agent and we have been offered him," he revealed in an interview during an event at the Bocconi University in Milan. "But we have not taken him into consideration."
Meanwhile, a Chelsea return remains a possibility with Mourinho knowingly in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer, as long as Drogba would be prepared to sign a 12-month deal as is policy for the Premier League club when offering any contract to players over the age of 30.