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Didier Drogba Transfer Interests AC Milan Manager

by Gary Emmerson

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Didier Drogba Shanghai Shenhua

San Siro boss keen to welcome striker to Italy.

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AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has admitted he would love to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba at his disposal at the San Siro.

Drogba, who left Stamford Bridge at the end of last season having helped the club win the Champions League, is currently playing in the Chinese Super League following his free transfer move to Shanghai Shenhua.

But despite being only seven months into his spell in the Far East, Drogba has been linked with a return to Europe and in particular to Italy with AC Milan and Napoli both reported to be interested in doing a deal.

The 34-year-old, who is on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup, would be welcomed with open arms in Milan, who are also interested in Manchester City’s troubled striker Mario Balotelli.

Allegri told Sky Italia: “Champions of his (Drogba) calibre are very welcome. (Vice-president Adriano) Galliani will know if the deal is feasible. I’m calm, the club is just thinking about what could help us out and what we could do about it.

“A player like Drogba would certainly improve both the technical level and self-esteem of the team. We’ll see what the club are able to do, otherwise we’ll carry on as we are, looking to have a good second half of the season because that is our objective. It will be difficult, though, because we still have to face some teams with a high level of technical quality.”

AC Milan have missed out on bringing Brazilian Kaka back to the club after failing to agree a financial package to re-sign the Real Madrid star, who made his name in Italy before heading to the Bernabeu.

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