Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will return to the club on a one-year deal, according to reports this evening (Sunday).
The 36-year-old is a free agent after leaving Galatasaray, and French publication L’Equipe claims the Ivorian international is set for a sensational return to west London.
Signed next week?
The paper goes on to report that the deal is set to be signed at the beginning of next week, and if Drogba does put pen to paper on the deal, it will be the return of a legend at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho spent big on the player back in 2004, bringing him to the King’s Road from Marseille. He would go on to become one of the greatest forward’s in the club’s history.
During his first spell at Chelsea, Drogba won three Premier League trophies, four FA Cups and two League Cups. He also got his hands on an elusive Champions League winners medal during his final season at the club.
Indeed, his last kick for the Blues was a winning penalty in the final, seeing off Bayern Munich back in 2012. He also scored the equaliser in that memorable 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena.
The report goes on to claim that Mourinho could look to integrate Drogba into the Chelsea coaching staff at the end of the 12-month deal - something that is sure to be well received by the club’s fans.
It’s their initial need for a strike which would be a more pressing concern however, and makes logical sense as to why the Blues are chasing their former player. With Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba leaving the club, options are limited in attack even with the arrival of Diego Costa.
Drogba is a cult hero at Chelsea, and would bring a lot more with him than just a presence on the field at the Bridge. If Romelu Lukaku also hits the exit door, then this would prove to be far more than just a swan-song on the King’s Road.
Mourinho would want the player to pull his weight when called upon by the Blues, and he showed in glimpses at the World Cup that he can certainly still do a job despite his advancing years.