Chelsea striker targeted by Russian big spenders

Anzhi Makhachkala have once again popped up on everyone’s transfer radars as speculation suggests that they are ready to pounce for Chelsea’s want away forward, Didier Drogba.

It’s understood that Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen to hold onto the services of the Ivorian international, whose contract runs out next summer.

Drogba is thought to be unsure of his own fate after rejecting the latest contract offer the club made, feeling that he has earned a better deal.

Even at the age of 33, the forward has not lost his eye for goal, finding the back of the net on five occasions this season despite only playing in 13 games.

It seems the patience of Drogba may be wearing thin however and as the vultures begin to circle, it’s rumoured that he would welcome a move away from Stamford Bridge.

It’s easy to see why Anzhi would want to sign the Blues’ man with a record of 98 goals in 213 games in England, and the veteran would undoubtedly provide a considerable voice in the changing room.

Suspicions point out that it was the length of the contract offered that threw Drogba off signing a new deal, with wages frequently posing as stumbling blocks in these negotiations.

If recent history has proven anything, it’s that Russian sides – with Suleyman Kerimov-owned Anzhi in particular – can afford extravagant salaries.

The side can currently ‘boast’ owning the world’s highest paid player with the 2011 acquisition of Samuel Eto’o who is known to be on around £320,000-a-week.

The side have made a habit of signing players past their prime by offering inordinate amounts of cash for their signatures, and Didier Drogba could become the latest player in a long line to get tempted to the freezing climates of Russia.



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