Serie A giants ready to switch attention to Chelsea striker

In light of their recent U-turn over the possible signature of Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez, it now seems Juventus are looking to sign another Premier League goalscorer in the form of Blues veteran, Didier Drogba.

La Vecchia Signora are understood to have pulled out of the race to sign the Argentine outsider, deciding that the £25m asking price coupled with what would be huge wage demands, were just too demanding for the club.

While Drogba may not present as Tevez in terms of longevity, the Ivorian attacker is a cheaper alternative by some margin.

The 33 year-old has been linked with transfers both foreign and domestic in recent months, as his contract is set to expire in the summer.

However, despite Chelsea’s best efforts to extend Drogba’s contract, it’s understood that offers have been rejected and the forward will probablyfind himself in the colours of another club by the end of 2012.

With that in mind, Roman Abramovich will be keen to squeeze as many pennies as he can out of his asset, which means a January transfer is a possibility.

Regardless of his age, one can’t argue against the fact that Drogba still poses a major threat in front of goal, something he isn’t unaware of.

After nearly eight years playing at Stamford Bridge, Drogba has amassed an impressive 96 goals in 211 appearances and isn’t ready to stop yet as he proclaims both on and off the pitch.

The Italian league has a slight reputation for ignoring the ages of players if the ability still lies within. Recent examples of ‘oldies’ in the Serie A are Javier Zanetti and Paolo Maldini, both playing considerably past the average retirement age, with the former not stopping quite yet.

A tough decision lies ahead for the Chelsea management, who can either let their forward go and risk signing a replacement in January, or take the potentially bigger risk of losing a pretty prolific 33 year-old on a free transfer in July.

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