Manchester City are looking to hijack Didier Drogba’s transfer to Chelsea with a shock late bid, Daily Star reports.

Sky Blues striker Alvaro Negredo has been ruled out for the start of the new season with a broken metatarsal, leaving manager Manuel Pellegrini desperate to sign a suitable replacement.

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Negredo is expected to be sidelined for four months, and it is reported that the Chilean boss will turn to Didier Drogba.

The Ivory Coast international is close to a return to former club Chelsea after leaving Turkish side Galatasaray at the end of the season.

Currently a free agent, the 36-year-old is considering his options and Man City expected to offer a lucrative 12-month contract to lure over the former Blues star.

Drogba is considered a Chelsea legend after helping the club to their first ever Champions League trophy back in 2012, levelling the final with a late header and scoring the winning penalty in a shoot-out against Bayern Munich.

Pellegrini sees Drogba as the perfect fill-in for the injured Negredo, who flew back to England from Kansas where City are on their pre-season tour.

 

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