Sunday 22 April 2018

Chelsea bid to bring Didier Drogba back on loan

Ben Rumsby

CHELSEA want to bring Didier Drogba back on an extraordinary loan, with talks already underway.

The centre forward, who left Chelsea for Shanghai Shenhua after scoring the winning penalty in the Champions League Final, has finished the end of the Chinese season. He has a window in December before he joins up with the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of January.

Drogba has asked Fifa for special permission to move on loan from Shanghai outside of the official transfer window and the game's governing body has confirmed that it is considering the request. "The Fifa administration services are looking into it.

"We can confirm that the player, Didier Drogba, has submitted a request for authorisation to be registered outside an open registration period for a club on a loan basis,” said a statement from FIFA.

Drogba has been considering training with his former club during the Chinese Super League off-season, something which former boss Roberto Di Matteo said he would welcome prior to his own departure this morning.

But Chelsea’s centre forward Fernando Torres has been in miserable form and was dropped for Chelsea's Champions League defeat at Juventus last night, despite the club's only other recognised striker, Daniel Sturridge, being injured

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