Didier Drogba's ex-club Olympique Marseille's fans have launched a sensational bid for their old hitman. Chelsea's asking price is set at about £22 million and the fans have a long way to go to raise the funds.
Drogba led the French side to the final of the UEFA club, his goals dispatching Liverpool, Inter Milan and Newcastle. However now that he's on the market again, the fans are dreaming of a reunion.
According to new Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari, Drogba is still "200 per cent in his plans" but the striker maintains he wants to leave Stamford Bridge as soon as he can. Barcelona, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all among clubs said to have an interest in the Ivory Coast international and that spells bad news for Marseille.
The Marseille collective was set up on the internet by a fan calling himself Kain, who asked fellow fans to pledge one, two or five euros to the club, saying: "Let's try to see if us supporters can pay for him by each donating one or two euros maximum to the club."
The collective attracted instant attention and has already raised close to 5,000 euros - thanks in part to 800 fans donating the maximum five euros.
"We know that it would be very, very, very complex to achieve this, even impossible," one of its contributors Yaniss told a French regional newspaper.
"But what we want is only that it arrives to the attention of Pape Diouf and other OM directors
Don't be surprised if a few Chelsea fans donate the maximum...