Barcelona are ready to offer Chelsea centre forward Didier Drogba a two-year contract to move to Camp Nou this summer, according to The Sun.
The veteran striker is out of contract in the summer at Stamford Bridge, and the Blues have been reluctant to offer the African the two additional years that he desires.
With the Ivory Coast international knocking back the option of a one-year extension from the Premier League side, a big-money move to join former team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai Shenhua has been speculated.
However, the latest inclination is that Barcelona will look to bring the forward to Spain on a free transfer and offer him a two-year contract worth up to £5 million a season in wages.
Barcelona have had first-hand experience of Drogba’s abilities this season, with the forward scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Chelsea win in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
With Drogba expected to lead the line in Chelsea’s final against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, the player’s future is set to be resolved after the end-of-season clash.
By Gareth McKnight