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Football: Juventus hoping to lure Drogba with 18-month deal

Published on Dec 13, 2012 9:16 PM

MILAN (AFP) - Juventus are still hoping to lure Didier Drogba to the club with an 18-month deal, according to speculation in the Italian press.

Drogba signed a 2.5-year deal with Shanghai Shenhua in July but that has not stopped Italy's sports press from repeatedly talking up the Ivorian striker's departure from China in favour of Serie A.

Few Italian clubs speak candidly about potential transfer targets, and while Gazzetta dello Sport cited no official sources their report claimed Juventus had offered Drogba an 18-month deal that would begin in January and end in June 2014.

It underlined previous reports claiming the Ivorian was unhappy after a turbulent start to his career in the Chinese top flight where, despite his goals, Shanghai have largely flattered to deceive.

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