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Tuesday Ticker: Marseille eyes Drogba, Diego wants Premiership switch and more

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Didier Drogba could soon return to the club that paved the way for him to join Chelsea.

French club Olympique de Marseille is interested in signing Drogba, whose future with Chelsea is unclear after Andre Villas-Boas was appointed as the new manager of the club last week. Marseille is confident it could afford a transfer fee for the Ivorian international, but it is unsure if it can meet his salary demands.

Marseille president Vincent Labrune said the club is unsure it could afford Drogba, and that a move for the 33-year-old striker would depend on how much it makes on the players it sells this summer.

Drogba, who has one year remaining on his current contract with Chelsea, played for Marseilla during the 2003-2004 season. He scored 19 goals in 35 league games that season before transferring to Chelsea.

Here are some other stories from around the soccer world:


Diego's time with VfL Wolfsburg is all but over, and the Brazilian international is hoping his future lies in the Premiership. After a season in which he fell out of favor with Wolfsburg management for disciplinary reasons, Diego claims he is in talks with several clubs in the EPL. Diego won't say who the interested parties are, but he has admitted that playing in England is a dream of his.


After initially stating that he wanted to continue to play in Spain, Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero could soon find himself playing for Juventus. Aguero's representative, Bruno Satin, confirmed talks with Juventus are ongoing and that a move to the club is a strong possibiity for the Argentina international. Juventus, which is currently rebuilding after a disappointing season, is reportedly willing to pay the $64.4 million transfer fee that Atletico wants.


It looks to only be a matter of time before Santos forward Neymar leaves for Europe, but which he'll join is still unknown. Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro said that five clubs have agreed to pay the $64 million buyout clause in Neymar's contract, and he has given them permission to contact the Brazilian's representatives to begin negotiations. The five clubs willing to cough up the lofty sum are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala.


Do you like the idea of Drogba returning to Marseille? Think Juventus will land Aguero? Which club would you like to see Neymar sign with?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. I’m most interested in Diego. He’s a great talent, and I think any midlevel team would gain a tremendous amount for his play. I know Everton doesn’t have that much to spend, but wouldn’t mind it if they spent it on him.

  2. From what I’ve heard, Ajax don’t think he fits their team. They are going after AZ’s Sigthorsson, which will open up the spot Jozy is rumored to take.

  3. Fire Bradley? You really think that boob Sunil Gulati has the imagination to do that? I think we have Bob at least until qualifiers get underway if not the whole cycle. I hope I’m wrong and maybe we can rid ourselves of the Economics professor too.

  4. Why no update on Bob Bradley’s tenuous position as USMNT coach? Are they waiting until the Women’s World Cup ends to fire his aß? (So as to not take attention away from the ladies?)

  5. Yea they were bought by some russian billionaire, its the team that Roberto Carlos plays for and has had all the racial attacks directed toward him recently.

  6. Kerimov is currently listed as number 136 on Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires, with a reported net worth of $5.5 billion.

  7. Who the heck is this Russian Team after Neymar? Is that just a joke by the team president or did some new Russian Billionare just buy that team?


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