Chelsea legend Didier Drogba linked with move to Italian giants

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Chelsea hero Didier Drogba is being linked with a move to Italian side Roma in the summer.

The Ivorian enjoyed a sensational spell at Stamford Bridge, hitting 157 in 341 for the Blues following a £24m switch from Marseille in 2004.

He became a fans favourite in West London, and his parting gift of the equalising goal and subsequent winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final was the perfect way to sign off before heading to China with Shanghai Shenhua.

Since then, Drogba has been starring for Turkish side Galatasaray, and will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League next week, making an emotional return to the club where he made his name.

But with his former Blues boss Jose Mourinho now in charge once again, rumours started that Drogba could make a sensational return to the club in the summer in a player-coach role under Mourinho.

However, their plans have been hit with speculation that Serie A side Roma are looking to bring Drogba to Italy this summer, in a bid to reunite him with his Ivorian team mate Gervinho in Rudi Garcia's attack.

Rome newspaper Il Messagero suggests that Drogba, whose contract with Galatasaray expires at the end of the season, will be offered one final pay day, with a one-year contract worth £3.5m on the table for the 36-year-old.

Roma boss Garcia was managing in France with Dijon during Drogba's ascent at Marseille, and is probably no stranger to Drogba's immense ability. The club certainly need to bring in another striker in the summer, and it seems that Drogba could be targeted as a short-term option.

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