Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba would be a fantastic addition to Antonio Conte’s Juventus side, if reports linking the Ivorian to the Turin outfit are true.
Drogba, who is currently on World Cup duty with the Ivory Coast and featured in their 2-1 win over Japan on Saturday, is set to spark an exodus at his current club Galatasary in the wake of the decision to part ways with manager Roberto Mancini after just nine months at the helm.
Now, according to reports, Drogba is set to sign a two-year contract with Conte’s men in spite of the Italian manager’s doubts over his age.
Fernando Llorente has been said to harbour hopes of a move back to Spain with Luis Enrique’s Barcelona, whilst the club have also chosen not to pursue Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo, who signed on loan back in January and is said to be more coveted by Inter Milan.
Carlos Tevez topped the side’s goalscoring charts last year with 21 goals in his maiden campaign with the club, and the Juventus are said to be keen on bringing in another forward to minimalise their dependency on the Argentine.
They have been heavily linked with Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, yet it is unknown what any move for Drogba could mean for the Spaniard’s future over in Madrid.
As seen in the past, bringing in a forward with plenty of experience can yield great rewards.
Manchester United signed Henrik Larsson on loan back in January 2007, whilst engulfed in a title tussle with Drogba and Chelsea, and the Swede’s contribution proved invaluable, netting three times in his 13 games in English football.
Similarly, Atletico Madrid’s capture of David Villa last summer from Barcelona gave the squad an extra dimension going into the league season, and the Spaniard ultimately impressed and helped Diego Simeone’s side win the race for the La Liga title last term.
Arsenal brought back Thierry Henry in 2012 on a three month loan, and the Frenchman’s second spell in North London gave the squad an extra boost and ultimately aided their push to secure Champions League football at the Emirates Stadium the following year.
Though his best days are behind him, Drogba offers strength, pace and potency and would be another piece in the jigsaw as Juventus look to not only win a fourth consecutive league title, but challenge for the European prize as well.
Drogba famously won Chelsea the Champions League in 2012 with the winning penalty in the shoot-out against Bayern Munich, and could use his experience to do the same for the Italians.
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