Chelsea striker Drogba caught in billionaire tug-of-war

By on July 22, 2010

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Written by Ryan Kane.

On Tuesday last Sky Sports reported that Manchester City were planning a £20 million bid for Didier Drogba. A Chelsea spokesman has since claimed that the hype surrounding the striker is “irrelevant” after stating that he was “not for sale”. Who knows what to believe.

As yet another transfer tale unfolds we are left to sift through the tittle-tattle, separating what we believe to be genuine news from the plentiful supply of fabricated rubbish. Didier Drogba has been Chelsea’s goal scoring hero for the last six years and for many “Blues” fans keeping him at Stamford Bridge goes down as an absolute must. His outstanding speed, strength and power makes him one of the world’s greatest strikers. With this label comes an understandable interest from Europe’s élite. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and the likes – You can’t blame them, who wouldn’t want Didier Drogba in their side.

Albeit this summer the interest comes from an ostensibly new face at the billionaire transfer checkout, Manchester City. The oodles of cash being pumped into Eastland’s has bolstered City to new heights. Already linked with an audacious move for Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, Roberto Mancini will add further names to his transfer market shopping basket before the new season starts. The Italian has already delved into his supposedly infinite transfer kitty following the signings of David Silva and Toure. Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure linked up with brother Kolo at City in June following his apparent £28m move from Barcelona, fans will hope the duo can now persuade international teammate Drogba to join them at Eastland’s.

Drogba’s agent, Thierno Seydi, has recently claimed that a move to Manchester City was a possibility. The cash-strapped club will be expected to fork out in the region of £20 million for the 32-year old striker. Bargain if you ask me. Given the choice between Didier and David Villa, who Barcelona paid a staggering £34.2 for in May, I would gladly choose Drogba. Yes, even despite the Spaniards outstanding World Cup campaign! The reason simply being that Drogba’s goal scoring record speaks for itself, a monstrous 131 goals since his move to Stamford Bridge in 2004. The ex-Marseille man has played an instrumental part in the club’s success over the past six years. The three time Premier League winner was crowned Chelsea 2010 Player of the Year in May – No surprises there, even in spite of Drogba’s questionable 2009/10 form.

Didier Drogba is a Premier League prodigy who seemingly City will do anything to get their hands on. However it will clearly take something special to prise him away from Stamford Bridge, after all Chelsea are the best team in the country, aren’t they?

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5 Comments

  1. Ste

    July 22, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Story officially rubbished by City, on their offical website if you’d bothered to look.

    Drogba is not the sort of player City are after

  2. It's Grim Oop North

    July 22, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Honestly, there has been no noise from City regarding wanting Drogba, not even the usual “he’s a great player and who wouldn’t want him in their team” fishing for noises from the player.
    This is so obviously manouvreing from Drogba’s agent for a pay rise or move (either way the agent gets some wonga), it’s not worth giving any credence to.
    As if this weren’t enough, the players Mancini is spending big money on are all in their mid-twenties or younger, and his first choice striker, Balottelli, is still a teenager!
    Drogba is indeed world class, but a pain in the butt, a cheating disgrace and old as the hills – I personally wouldn’t buy him given the players out there who would come to City, but it’s Mancini’s call of course.
    Viera is the only old head City need as a role model, not the universally despised cheat Drogba.

    • Ryan Kane

      July 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      I agree It’s Grim Oop North,
      His age is Drogba’s main downfall (32)
      He won’t have long left and some will feel he is past his prime.

  3. Sandheep

    July 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    He is our black stallion & he is not for sale

  4. Ryan Kane

    July 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Who would’nt want


    Ste:

    Drogba is not the sort of player City are after

    Who would’nt want Drogba in their side?

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