Didier Drogba: Arsenal to Make Offer for Former Chelsea Striker?
It appears that Didier Drogba might be on his way back to London, but his destination isn't Stamford Bridge.
According to The Sun, Arsenal are reportedly ready to provide a chance for Didier Drogba to escape from China, making inquiries to his current club, Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, on what it would take to get Drogba and ex-Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.
Last summer, the 34-year-old Drogba transferred to Shanghai after spending eight of his best seasons at Chelsea. It was a tough decision for Drogba to leave Chelsea—until Shaghai promised him a £200,000-a-week contract.
But the honeymoon period didn't last very long. Shanghai Shenhua is in financial disarray and could be just as eager to offload Drogba as Arsenal is to sign him.
It seems the Chinese club has a power struggle going on in the boardroom.
According to The Telegraph, Chairman Zhu Jun, who has invested nearly £60 million into Shanghai Shenhua since 2007 and owns a 28.5 percent stake in the club, is reportedly threatening to stop funding the club unless he is given greater control.
Without Zhu's financial backing, there's no way they could pay the huge salaries commanded by Drogba and Anelka, which are reportedly in the neighborhood of £300,000 per week.
The Gunners lost striker Robin Van Persie in a transfer coup by the Red Devils of Manchester United this summer and it is showing. Arsene Wenger's side is tied for last in the league with two goals over three matches. The only reason they're not in the bottom half of the table is because their's is the only defense to have three clean sheets in their first three matches.
Shanghai Shenhua are currently eighth in the league table and not anywhere near living up to their expectations. Many in China thought they'd be a powerhouse for years with Drogba and Anelka, but less than three months into signing both of them they are facing financial ruin.
So, what do you think? Should Arsenal strike while the iron's hot, and pry Drogba away from Shanghai Shenhua and any other club who would have him? Or is Drogba, at 34 years old, past his prime and not able to cut it in the top tier of English football?
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