Following the departure of Nicolas Anelka, it looks as if Didier Drogba’s career at Stamford Bridge may be coming to an end with an identical switch a possibility.
Anelka agreed a lucrative move to Shanghai Shenhua in late December and completed the transfer on the first day of the January transfer window.
It’s now been revealed that the Chinese outfit have tabled an offer for Drogba and are reportedly willing to hand the 33 year-old a contract that would see him earn over £200,000-a-week.
The Ivory Coast international has also become the subject of bids from Russia as well as two unnamed Premier League clubs believed to Aston Villa and QPR.
With his contract set to expire in the summer, it’s a firm possibility that the Blues will choose to cash in on the veteran this month instead of releasing him on a free in six months’ time.
Alternatively, the West London outfit may see the faltering form of Fernando Torres as a distinct flaw in the side and hang on to Drogba in an effort to provide themselves with offensive cover.
Any deal taking Drogba away from the English giants would be expected to cost the suitors around £5m given his low resale value.
Even when considering his age however, the hitman has shown that he can still be a danger in the box when given the chance and while a move to Russia or China would undoubtedly prove a better pension plan, staying in the English top flight would prove more beneficial to his career.
With bids on the table, it seems Drogba’s time at Stamford Bridge will come to an end at some point this year and it’s simply down to the club’s hierarchy to reach an agreement with the star regarding his short term future.