AC Milan plan move for former Chelsea star Didier Drogba
European football has sorely missed the presence of former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba. According reports from Italy, the AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has opened the door for Didier Drogba to move into San Siro during the January transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international, who fell out of favor because of his age at Chelsea, is still considered to be a hot transfer prospect by many top notch European clubs. Didier Drogba, 34, is reportedly on the verge of ripping apart his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua just seven months after moving in.
Didier Drogba is reportedly experiencing a plethora of problems at Shanghai Shenhua, problems which are forcing the veteran to opt for an away move once again. Rife rumors suggest Shanghai Shenhua have been unable to pay Didier Drogba his full salary and the bonuses he was promised. This issue along with the desire for Champions League action has left Didier Drogba sick for action with a big football club from Europe.
A report from Sky Italia suggested that an unpaid bonus can become Didier Drogba’s ticket to freedom from the Chinese side. Didier Drogba, who is currently on tour to represent his nation at the African Cup of Nations, seeks a permanent move back to Europe once Ivory Coast’s involvement in the African tournament ends.
After showing interest in the Real Madrid midfielder Kaka and the Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, AC Milan are set to make a bid on Didier Drogba.
“Champions of his (Drogba) caliber are very welcome. (Vice-president Adriano) Galliani will know if the deal is feasible,” Massimiliano Allegri told Sky Italia. “I'm calm, the club is just thinking about what could help us out and what we could do about it.
“A player like Drogba would certainly improve both the technical level and self-esteem of the team. We'll see what the club are able to do, otherwise we'll carry on as we are, looking to have a good second half of the season because that is our objective.
“It will be difficult, though, because we still have to face some teams with a high level of technical quality.”
AC Milan’s biggest difficulty in bringing Didier Drogba to San Siro would be affording his wages. The Ivorian demands a lucrative salary package which sums up to €10 million for an 18-month contract.