Chelsea legend and free agent, Didier Drogba, is reportedly considering a one-year deal to return to Chelsea. The Ivorian’s 18 month contract with Galatasaray expired at the end of the season, and the Turkish giants decided not to renew it. There are also reports that Manchester City may well be in the hunt for his signature.
Just at the weekend Jose Mourinho stated that Chelsea would not be making anymore signings and yet, by Monday, Drogba’s representatives suggested that he could sign for the Blues by the end of the week. Maybe that is simply what the rumours are – big talk from Drogba’s people. However, Mourinho is not exactly one to stick to his word, and does seem to derive some pleasure from sending the media circus into a spin. Still, I find it hard to believe that Drogba will return to Chelsea.
I cannot fathom why Mourinho would want to sign Drogba. The 36 year-old does not have the legs to last a full ninety minutes, and in Chelsea’s second-round Champions League knockout tie against Galatasaray, he looked slow, lacklustre and ineffective.
Evidently he was not the player who terrified Premier League defences during his time at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps he could come on in the last twenty minutes of a match, but even then I think he would rarely make such an impact.
Chelsea have just signed former Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa, and have fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres still on their cards. Mohamed Salah is a player with potential, but is still young and developing. Demba Ba was recently sold to Besiktas and Samuel Eto’o was released, so there is an argument for Chelsea to sign another striker.
Bizarrely and frustratingly, Jose Mourinho seems utterly determined to not give Romelu Lukaku a proper chance at the club, and as a result, the Belgian is probably going to leave the club permanently by the end of the transfer window. Selling Lukaku and signing Drogba seems illogical to me.
Personally I do not think Drogba will sign for Chelsea. He is a Blues legend but he is not a player who can bring anything to the club at this stage in his career, and he will certainly not help the club move forward. Nevertheless, as we all know, Mourinho is a stubborn man and should he decide that he wants the Ivorian at the club it is likely to happen.
As a player he may not take Chelsea forward but as a person and what he represents to the club, he certainly will.