Reports in Italy claim that Didier Drogba will be joining a Serie A club this summer.
Corriere dello Sport claims that Drogba has told close friends that he will be heading to Internazionale at the end of the season.
The Ivorian’s long-term Chelsea future has been a source of speculation since Jose Mourinho left Stamford Bridge earlier this season. Real Madrid were reportedly keen on signing the powerful striker, but now it appears that Italy may be his preferred destination.
On a number of occasions Drogba has been quoted as saying he wanted to leave Chelsea, only to subsequently claim he was happy in England and intended on seeing out his current deal – which expires in 2012.
But now again his future is being called into question with Internazionale at the front of the queue for his services, although Barcelona and Real Madrid are all expected to bid should Chelsea decide to let Drogba leave.
A transfer fee of €23m will be enough to take Drogba to San Siro, where the ex-Marseille man would form a formidable-looking forward line with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
There has ben speculation that Drogba has been lured to Inter by the prospect of Mourinho replacing Roberto Mancini at the helm.
Mancini’s position has been placed in jeopardy following his resignation after Inter’s elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool. Although the former Italy international subsequently withdrew his resignation, there remain question marks over his long term future at the club.
Rafa Benitez and Cesare Prandelli have also been touted as possible successors to Mancini in the Inter hot seat.