Chelsea legend Didier Drogba could return to Stamford Bridge this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
The Ivorian international, who departed Chelsea in 2012, is currently a free agent following a spell at Turkish outfit Galatasaray. However, it appears that Jose Mourinho, who worked with Drogba in his first spell in charge at the Bridge, is keen to bring him back to the club.
It appears that Drogba is prepared to consider a move back to Stamford Bridge, despite being the subject of interest from a number of other clubs. Suggestions have been made that Italian outfit Juventus are monitoring the 36-year-old, whilst the forward is also the subject of interest from clubs in Qatar.
And, if reports are to be believed, Qatari based clubs are ready to offer Drogba a greater salary of around £3 million a year after tax. Despite this, the ex-Blues hitman is seemingly interested in rejoining his former team and manager, and a deal between the forward and Chelsea could well be concluded this summer.
Will it work?
Drogba, already a Chelsea legend, certainly doesn't have anything to prove at Stamford Bridge, so why would a return appeal to him? After all, he's won the lot at the club and is already worshipped by fans.
But that's perhaps why - in the latter stages of his career - a move makes sense. Why wouldn't Drogba want to bow out on a high? And why wouldn't he look to end his career at a club that has given him so much? It could even hand him one last lease of life....
Something to offer
Let's not get ahead of ourselves: Drogba wouldn't return to Chelsea the unstoppable goalscoring superstar that left, but he still has something to offer. Mourinho knows how to get the best out of him, and he will find a way of getting something out of him once again should he return.
Drogba may not prove a regular next term, but he would certainly be handed opportunities, and may well surprise a few. After all, he's still a power house and has certainly not forgotten where the goal is.
With reports suggesting that the 'Special One' could hand Drogba a coaching role at the club, it's a potential move that makes even more sense. While still offering his services on the pitch - for the next year or so anyway - he can also help develop Chelsea's forwards. Diego Costa will only improve if he's learning from the Chelsea legend.
Drogba could well play a major role in the Spanish star's early Chelsea career, as he helps him settle into life in England. Drogba knows only too well how to make the transition, and can put his valuable experience on the table.
Chelsea fans would love to see Drogba in the blue shirt once again next season...just what could go wrong?