Didier Drogba could be in line for a sensational Premier League return after confirming his decision to depart Turkey this summer.
Jose Mourinho’s dream of completing a Stamford Bridge reunion with former Blues hot shot Didier Drogba moved one step closer to becoming a reality over the weekend after the Ivorian confirmed plans to depart current club Galatasaray.
The 36-year-old striker departed Chelsea after scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
He enjoyed arguably the best years of his career under Mourinho at the club, winning two Premier League titles and an FA Cup during a glorious period in the club’s history.
And while he may have departed the club under something of a cloud two years ago, since returning to the Bridge, his former coach has often talked up the possibility of a reunion.
Speaking to Sky Sports News back in March, the Special One hinted at the possibility of a summer move.
"He is a Galatasaray player, we know he is a free agent and we know he finishes his contract at the end of the season," he told the news provider.
"But we think it is not the right moment to speak about him."
Having recruited Samuel Eto’o over the summer on a short-term deal, Mourinho could well consider a similar offer for Drogba, giving the Ivorian one final chance at a Premier League swansong.
But regardless of whether the Blues come calling, the 36-year-old is likely to find plenty of potential suitors in the Premier League, given his fine record in the division.
Crystal Palace, for one, may favour a season-long deal, with Drogba the dream target man for Tony Pulis, who is likely to be on the hunt for a Marouane Chamakh replacement.
Alternatively, Everton could be the ones to take advantage in an interesting twist as they look to replace the on-loan Romelu Lukaku – the very striker Chelsea bought to replace Drogba.