Galatasaray confirm Drogba negotiations

The Cote d'Ivoire striker could be on his way to Istanbul after the Turkish outfit revealed they were in talks with the player over a possible move
Galatasaray assistant coach Hasan Sas has confirmed the club are in negotiations to sign Didier Drogba from Shanghai Shenhua.

The Cote d'Ivoire striker has been linked with a host of Europe's biggest sides in recent months, with Juventus long-term admirers of the player.

But after completing the signing of Wesley Sneijder from Inter last week, the Istanbul club have now turned their attentions to recruiting another big name, as their January recruitment drive continues.
"Drogba is a world-class player. I know that our board is in negotiations. There should be some clarifications in one or two days, but what we know is that there are some positive unfoldings," Sas said following his side's 2-1 win over Besiktas.

On Monday, Galatasaray confirmed on their official website that negotiations with the striker's representatives over a winter transfer have commenced. 

"Negotiations with Shanghai Shenhua attacker Didier Drogba's agents over a potential transfer to Galatasaray have started. Any developments will be communicated later on."

The Turkish champions have reportedly offered the veteran striker an 18-month contract worth €4 million per year, with an option for one additional season, while they are willing to pay a €4m signing fee.

Despite the developments, his Chinese club have given little indication as to whether the player will be moving. A spokesman said: "Drogba still has a contract with us. So he is still a Shanghai Shenhua player."

Drogba only moved to China last summer after calling time on his eight-year stay with Chelsea, but rumours have persisted that the player could make a swift return to Europe on either a temporary or permanent basis, with his current club's league season concluding two months ago.

In November, Fifa refused to allow the 34-year-old to make an immediate loan move away from Shenhua, though he could now leave the club on a permanent basis.

Galatasaray also signed Wesley Sneijder from Inter during the January transfer window, and the Dutchman made his debut during the 2-1 derby win over Besiktas on Sunday.