Manchester City plan surprise move for Didier Drogba

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Manchester City appear set to launch a surprise move for Didier Drogba, the Ivorian striker who secured legendary status during his previous spell in the Premier League with title rivals Chelsea.

According to The Daily Star, City boss Manuel Pellegrini is now in the market for the addition of a new forward to replace Alvaro Negredo, the Spanish international who, it was revealed yesterday, is set to miss the next three months after fracturing his foot during Friday's 2-1 pre-season friendly victory over Scottish Championship outfit Hearts.

The same source further claims that Pellegrini - who won the Premier League title in his very first season in charge at the Etihad Stadium - views Drogba as an attainable target on a 12-month contract to provide temporary support to compensate for Negredo's absence.

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Manchester City's pursuit of Drogba would appear to seriously threaten Chelsea's chances of bringing Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.

Despite the 36-year-old - who left Turkish side Galatasaray at the end of last season following the expiration of his one-year contract at Türk Telekom Arena - having called time on his Blues career following the memorable Champions League victory over Bayern Munich in 2012, Chelsea have reportedly offered him the chance to return on a one-year deal that is likely to include the opportunity for Drogba to take up a coaching role.

With Samuel Eto'o having left the club already this summer, Demba Ba having been sold to Besiktas and Fernando Torres potentially returning to Atletico Madrid, it seems that Jose Mourinho is keen to seek one more forward in order to provide support for £32 million signing Diego Costa.

Drogba is obviously an incredibly popular figure at Chelsea, although any comeback would surely have significant ramifications for the future of Romelu Lukaku.

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If Manchester City do indeed present Drogba with a formal contract offer, then it appears that the player will have a very difficult choice to make regarding his immediate future.

While a striker of his caliber and experience is sure to attract interest from across Europe, you have to presume that a return to the Premier League would appear given the immense success he achieved in England after arriving from Marseille back in 2004.

Chelsea will obviously have an emotional pull, as should the opportunity to once again play under former mentor Mourinho.

However, Manchester City are the reigning domestic champions and would also offer Drogba the opportunity of one last chance of success before he inevitably retires.

Such a difficult decision could hinge on whether Drogba plans to hang up his boots at the end of the 2014/15 campaign or if he is intrigued by the idea of becoming a coach.

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