Mourinho sensationally wants to bring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge.
In a move that will symbolise his return to Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho wants to bring club legend Didier Drogba back to Chelsea, according to The Sunday Mirror.
Chelsea would have to approach Galatasaray to organise a deal, as the player has 12 months remaining on his contract with the Turkish champions.
The 35-year-old left the Blues on a free transfer after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League final in 2012. He then quit an unhappy spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua to join Galatasaray, where he scored six times in 14 appearances in the second half of last season.
Mourinho and Drogba enjoyed a fantastic relationship during the Portuguese manager’s first stint at the club. He signed Drogba for £24m from Marseille in 2004, and the Ivorian hitman went on to score 157 goals during an eight-year-spell at the club.
Signing Drogba would be a nostalgic move, possibly bought on by the frustration to land big-money targets like Falco or Edinson Cavani.
He offers an experienced physical presence upfront that Chelsea arguably lack at the moment. Torres has never lived up to his £50m price tag despite scoring 22 times last season, and Demba Ba is seen as mroe of a backup option.
Roemlu Lukaku has often been muted as Drogba’s heir apparent, and the Chelsea legend could potentially nurture the young Belgian and help his progression at Stamford Bridge. Lukaku scored 17 league goals for West Brom last year, and Chelsea fans are excited to see the prodigy in a blue shirt once more. On the other hand, Drogba’s return could also dampen Lukaku’s chances of starting first team matches.
Mourinho has been happy to bring his favourite players to his new clubs in the past. Ricardo Carvalho and Paulo Ferreira joined him at Chelsea from Porto, and Michael Essien followed him to Spain at Real Madrid. Mourinho’s admiration for Drogba has been well publicised, and he recently said that his young players should use the Ivorian as a role model.