Following a quick call between the Chelsea transfer gurus and Didier Drogba, the transcript of which perhaps went a little like this:
“Hello Didier, we’re sorry for releasing you two years ago; we miss you, Fernando Torres never looked good in blue, it’s just not the same around here without you. Please come home, Didier, you’ll make everything alright.”
To which he replied: “Chelsea, you had me at hello.”
One of the finest centre-forwards in Premier League history is back at Stamford Bridge.
The Ivorian behemoth inked a one-year deal with the Blues where he’ll play an ancillary role to blockbuster summer signing Diego Costa for Jose Mourinho’s 19/10 title favourites.
Speaking following the completion of the deal, the Special One stated:
“He’s coming because he is one of the best strikers in Europe.”
A line which news.bwin.com/en/ are inclined to agree with; here’s why re-signing the 36-year-old will prove the best bit of attacking business the club carries out this summer:
His advancing years hasn’t led to memory loss in the box.
He may be ‘getting on’, as they say, but the scoring touch of the man affectionately known as the Drog hasn’t diminished.
The standard may not be as high in China and Turkey, where he spent his two-year Blues hiatus, but hitting double-digit league goals in each of those campaigns is still commendable.
His arrival will allow Chelsea to pocket another exorbitant sum for an unwanted asset.
After landing almost £90m for David Luiz and Juan Mata this year, the Blues can flog a further reserve for mega bucks in Romelu Lukaku.
Everton are reportedly close to completing a deal around the £20m mark.
His experience, most notably a challenging first season in England, will come in handy when settling Costa in.
Drogba only bagged ten times in first Premier League tilt and the annals suggest his £32m strike partner will require a season’s teething period in England.
The Spazilian striker scored just six during his first campaign in La Liga, despite playing 30 times for Celta Vigo, while his first season at Atletico Madrid yielded the same number.
When his first-year barren spell kicks in, a veteran of the Ivorian’s standard and goal-getting acumen is the perfect fallback.