Didier Drogba has been linked with a possible switch to Spurs from Chelsea. But would it be a good transfer for Spurs to consider and would Chelsea be keen to do the deal?
There can be little doubt that Didier Drogba has been one of the finest signings we have seen in the Premier League. He was in sparkling form last season when he led the top scorers chart with 29 Premier League goals. This season he has had his problems with injury and illness, but has still managed to score 13 goals in all competitions. However, Drogba is now 33 and there will be questions on how many more years he can continue to compete at the highest level. All this will need to be taken on board for Spurs to decide if he is the right signing for them.
At this time it is somewhat unclear how willing Chelsea would be to cash in on their prize asset. Drogba will have one year left on his contract in the summer and it may represent the last time Chelsea can expect to get a decent fee for him. However, the current Chelsea manager is not keen to sell Drogba. But the decision may not lay with him, if Chelsea changes manager in the summer.
The forward line at Spurs has been below par this season and it’s not hard to see why they would be in the market for a proven goal-scorer. But with a transfer fee of around £10m and the player now 33 it remains to be seen if this deal represents good value for money. Drogba on a free transfer would be an excellent bit of business. Spurs need to access how many seasons at this level Drogba has left in him, if it’s four or five – then do the deal. However, the reality is, it may only be one or two and in that time Drogba may find that injuries start catching up with him.
Due to the unknown nature of the future of Drogba, I would suggest Spurs look to recruit a younger player that can grow and develop with the club and be sure of playing for at least four to five years. That said I can see Chelsea cashing in on Drogba in the summer and allow Fernando Torres to become the main striker at Chelsea. As some other people have said signing Torres for £50m was a strange thing to do if Drogba was to stay.