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Milan keen on Drogba move

January 23, 2013
By Adam Digby, Italy Correspondent

AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri has opened the door for Didier Drogba to make a move to the Rossoneri.

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Reports in Italy have suggested that Drogba, 34, who has attracted interest from Juventus, is ready to terminate his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after just seven months, in order to make a return to Europe.

Sky Italia reported on Wednesday that an unpaid bonus is at the centre of the player's decision to leave the club. They believe Drogba, who is currently representing the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations, has no desire to return to Shanghai once his nation's involvement in the competition ends and is seeking a permanent move back to Europe.

Milan have recently been linked with moves for Real Madrid’s Kaka and Manchester City's Mario Balotelli, but both seem to have stalled so a deal for the former Chelsea man could be next on their wishlist.

“Champions of his (Drogba) calibre are very welcome. (Vice-president Adriano) Galliani will know if the deal is feasible,” Allegri told Sky Italia. “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.''

Milan may face a challenge in being able to afford the player, with Drogba reportedly asking for €10million in wages for an 18-month contract in Italy - four million for the rest of the current season and another six million before June 2014.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report