Napoli’s need for a replacement following a long-term injury to striker Arkadiusz Milik has lead them to offer Didier Drogba a route back into European football. The move to Italy would be the fourth European country Drogba has played in, having played in France, Turkey and of course England, where he gained worldwide notoriety for his legendary spell at Chelsea. Drogba currently plies his trade at Montreal Impact in the MLS at the age of 38, and boasts quite the scoring record, with 23 goals in 38 appearances for the club.
It is believed the deal would be a short-term loan offer to bring Drogba to Napoli in a much similar fashion to the way that David Beckham joined AC Milan; the Englishman was at a more youthful 33 years of age at the time of his first spell with the Rossoneri.
Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik signed from Ajax on the 1st of August for a transfer fee of 32 million pounds, which appears microscopic following the profit Napoli made from the sale of Gonzalo Higuaín to Juventus. The Napoli striker had made a fine start to life in Italy, scoring four goals in Serie A and seven in all competitions, before the cursed international break would find its latest victim.
Milik came off in the second half of Poland’s 3-2 win over Denmark in World Cup qualifiers, appearing in quite a lot of pain following a collision to his knee. Initial reports suggested Milik’s season was over, forecasting six months on the sidelines with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but successful knee surgery on Monday has led to optimism from the club’s head physio. He believes Milik could be back after just four months, which would be an amazing recovery from such a serious injury, seeing him return in mid-to-late February. The 22-year-old recently expressed his desire to support the team amidst his difficulties.
“The only pain I feel is inside because I cannot play,” he said. “The real pain is because I cannot face Roma. On Saturday, I want to be in the stadium to watch the match.” The battle between 2nd and 3rd takes place at the Stadio San Paolo, where Napoli will have to rely on the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini to step up in the absence of the Polish striker.