Published On: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

Drogba Edges Closer To Italy Move?

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Two of Italy’s heavyweights are taking different approaches to landing Ivory Coast striker during the January transfer window.

According to CalcioMercato.com, Milan are trying to land the former Chelsea man on a free transfer, after Drogba filed a petition to terminate his contract with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for breaching his contract.

Meanwhile, are trying to bring Drogba to Turin, initially on a six-month loan deal, with a figure of €650,000 being mentioned, followed by the option to sign the striker permanently at the end of the season.

At the moment, Drogba is in South Africa with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations, but it seems increasingly likely that after the tournament, instead of returning to China, he will head for Italy.

Sky Sports Italia have also reported to be interested in signing the striker, though it is believed they would not have the financial backing to bring him to the capital, so it seems to be a straight fight between Juventus and Milan for his talents.

Thirty-four-year-old Drogba joined Shanghai Shenhua in the summer of 2012 after eight successful years at Chelsea, culminating in his scoring the winning penalty of the shootout to clinch the club’s first ever Champions League trophy. He scored eight goals in eleven appearances for the Chinese club in the Autumn, but looks destined for pastures new in the Spring.

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