Old Lady want Drogba in Turin.
Juventus are hoping to lure former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to Italy on an 18-month deal, according to reports in the Italian press.
The Ivorian signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua in July but has been almost continually linked with a return to Europe.
Gazzetta dello Sport claim Juventus have offered Drogba an 18-month deal that would begin in January and end in June 2014.
The reports underlined previous suggestions that the 34-year-old was unhappy after a turbulent start to his career in the Chinese top flight where, despite his goals, Shanghai have largely flattered to deceive.
The report claimed Drogba had turned down Juventus’s offer because he would prefer the contract to run until June 2015.
There were other stipulations that could hamper the deal, according to Gazzetta.
It said Drogba, who moved to Chelsea in 2004 and eventually led the English club to Champions League triumph last season, would expect to be released for the Africa Cup of Nations, which is held January 19-February 10.
Potentially, that could be a problem for Juventus, who will be involved in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 12 and 20.
Drogba also appeared to commit to the Chinese side in a recent interview.
“Because I joined Shenhua relatively late, I didn’t prepare with the team early in the season, so our results this year were not very good,” said Drogba, according to a report in the Shanghai Morning Post.
“But I hope next season I can start again from the beginning with Shenhua.”
Speculation linking Juve with Fernando Llorente, meanwhile, continues despite the striker, who can leave Athletic Bilbao on a free transfer at the end of the season, saying on Wednesday he would prefer to move to England’s Premier League.
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