Blues hope to be able to persuade Ivorian’s Turkish paymasters to let the veteran move to the Bridge.
Returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho wants to make a sensational move to re-sign front man Didier Drogba from Galatasaray this summer, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The experienced Ivory Coast international was first brought to Stamford Bridge by the Portuguese way back in July 2004 from Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille for a fee of £24 million, and the pair went on to enjoy great success together at Stamford Bridge over the course of the next three years, winning two straight Premier League titles, as well as the FA Cup and two League Cups.
However, both men eventually left west London, Mourinho in 2007 and then Drogba in June 2012, with the powerful Ivorian currently playing for Turkish giants Galatasaray, who he signed for in the January transfer window on a one-and-a-half-year deal.
And it is understood that the self-styled ‘Special One’ is keen to bring the 35-year-old back to the capital for next season to see if the striker can add to his already impressive record of 100 goals and 54 assists in his 226 Premier League appearances for the Blues between 2004 and 2012.
The one major stumbling block, though, to the move taking place is whether or not Chelsea can persuade the Turkish champions to allow Drogba to swap Istanbul for London.