Juventus Turn Attention to Former Chelsea Star Didier Drogba

Adrian AgiusAnalyst INovember 21, 2012

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Former Chelsea superstar and current Shanghai Shenhua forward Didier Drogba could be heading to Juventus this January transfer window to solve Juventus' striker crisis.

According to reports from Goal.comDrogba has been unhappy in the Chinese capital following his big-money move away from Stamford Bridge and is keen on a return to Europe. Drogba's discontent comes after being paid late by Shenhua on more than one occasion, bringing into question their ability to afford the services of Drogba for much longer.

With an annual salary of €12 million a year, there is no doubt that a move to Juventus would result in lower annual wages, but it could be a move Drogba is willing to make—especially if he could return to the top of European football.

After comprehensively accounting for Chelsea with a resounding three-goal victory in the Champions League, Juventus have well and truly announced their intentions for this year's competition and thus would have no trouble convincing Drogba of a move. The question therefore lies within the money and whether the Bianconeri are willing to spend big on a 34-year-old striker.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Juventus would not be willing to spend big this transfer window, casting doubt over the potential of a Drogba move. 

Personally, my skepticism over a move for Drogba doesn't arise from questioning of the former Blues' ability, but rather the motive of Juventus itself.

For me, when Juventus decided to offload Alessandro Del Piero they sent a clear message—they were looking to the future of the club. Therefore, to turn around now and announce interest in Drogba is perhaps contradictory to the move not to renew Del Piero's contract.

Tactically, however, there is no denying that the move would be genius. With Andrea Pirlo always looking to play long aerial balls, who better to aim for than Didier Drogba. Alongside the likes of Giovinco or Mirko Vucinic upfront, Juventus would no doubt field one of the best sides in the world and definitely challenge for all major titles around Europe.

If Juventus do sign Drogba, they will do so at the expense of one of their other forwards, because the reality is that as things stand now, opportunity for rotation is limited.

We must not forget either, that the Bianconeri have been harbouring interest in Robert Lewandowski and Fernando Llorente too, for some time now, and a move for either striker would perhaps fall in line with Juventus' long-term prospects.