Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Chelsea move for Didier Drogba.
Chelsea are in talks to try and bring former striker Didier Drogba back to the club just months after he left for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, according to the BBC.
The 34-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful eight years at Stamford Bridge after joining the club from Marseille in 2004 but left for China on a free transfer in the summer.
With the Chinese season now finished, the Ivory Coast international wants to maintain his fitness ahead of the African Cup of Nations and has asked FIFA for special dispensation to move outside of the transfer window.
Chelsea have now entered talks with FIFA to try and bring the striker back to the Bridge on a short-term loan deal, with new boss Rafa Benitez only able to call upon the services of Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge up front.
FIFA confirmed in a statement that they were looking in the request:
“The Fifa administration services are looking into it,” Fifa are quoted as saying by the BBC.
Drogba’s last kick in a Chelsea shirt secured their first ever Champions League trophy with a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich last May. He then quit the club to follow former team-mate Nicolas Anelka to China after agreeing a two-and-a-half-year deal with Shenhua, and has scored 8 goals in 11 games so far.
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Rules prevent a player from playing for another club until the transfer window re-opens on January 1st, but Drogba and Chelsea are pushing hard for a deal that will see him join the club as soon as possible ahead of the African Cup of Nations that starts on the 19th January.
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