Turkish delight for Drogba with former Chelsea striker set to sign for Galatasaray
16:44 GMT, 27 January 2013
21:31 GMT, 27 January 2013
Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month contract at Galatasaray, according to reports in Turkey.
The former Chelsea striker is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast but Eurosport and official Turkish League broadcaster LigTV are reporting that Drogba has found the time to agree a move to Turkey from Shanghai Shenhua.
He is expected to complete a 5million move to the Turkish side and will receive a signing on bonus of 3m.
Turkish delight: Didier Drogba is set to join Galatasaray on an 18-month contract
Drogba will also reportedly receive a bonus of 21,000 for each game he plays, up to a maximum of 425,000 a year, meaning he could earn 9.6m over the 18 months.
Eurosport Turkey reports that the 'agreement is not official yet but sources say it will be done in the next week.'
A spokesperson for the Sports PR Company said: 'They have made a formal bid for him.'
The 34-year-old has found it hard to
settle in China and with Shenhua's financial problems worsening they
have already offloaded Drogba's former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka
to Juventus this week.
Struggles: Drogba failed to settle in China with Shanghai Shenhua
AC Milan had been linked with a move
for Drogba but it appears he will be heading to Galatasaray to join
their recent 8.6million signing Wesley Sneijder.
Last month Drogba returned to train with his old club during the Chinese off-season in preparation for the African Nations Cup, in which he is currently competing in South Africa.
FIFA rejected a special request from the striker for him to join a club on loan outside the transfer window, amid speculation linking him with Juventus, AC Milan and Liverpool, among others.