Didier Drogba could come face to face with Chelsea in the Champions League next season after reportedly being offered a two-year deal by Juventus.
The striker, who will quit the Stamford Bridge club when his contract expires next month, has emerged as a target for the Italian giants.
The Serie A champions are prepared to offer Drogba £80,000 a week and a signing bonus of £10million, according to The Sun.
Nicolas Anelka’s Shanghai Shenhua remain favourites to sign the 34-year-old and Juventus know they cannot match the Chinese club’s spending power.
But the Italian side will have taken heart from reports yesterday that Shenhua’s move for Drogba could be scuppered over concerns over the future of his former Chelsea team-mate Anelka.
The Frenchman has threatened to quit after a disappointing spell as player-coach left the club in bottom three.
Shenhua want to bring in former Argentina manager Sergio Daniel Batista as coach, and Anelka, famously nicknamed Le Sulk, has threatened to walk.
Speaking in an interview with the Xinmin Evening News, Anelka criticised a lack of support from the club and said he would find it difficult to accept someone taking over his coaching duties.
“If there is still no one to support me and they continue to play little tricks behind my back, then I will quickly decide whether or not to retire,” he said, in comments published by the newspaper in Chinese.