Mid-Day Ticker: Juventus enters Drogba race, Martinez in Liverpool talks & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Juventus enters Drogba race, Martinez in Liverpool talks & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Juventus enters Drogba race, Martinez in Liverpool talks & more


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Juventus has jumped into the Didier Drogba sweepstakes.

The Italian champions have reportedly offered the prolific striker a two-year deal that would play him $125,000 a week, as well as a $15 million signing bonus. Drogba, who Saturday led Chelsea to a win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final, is departing Stamford Bridge after eight seasons with the London outfit.

Juventus is competing for Drogba's services most notably with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, where the 34-year-old would be reunited with former Chelsea teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Here is some more news to keep your Thursday rolling:


Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is in Miami speaking with Liverpool's ownership about making a move to Anfield, according to Wigan chairman Dave Whelan. The 38-year-old has been widely speculated as the front-runner to replace the departed Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's manager.

"If it's yes to Liverpool, I will accept it and get on with life. But if it's no, I'll be delighted," Whelan said to ESPN of the pending decision from Martinez. "I would love him to stay, I hope he will stay, but I told him I need an answer in the next seven days."


If Martinez does take over at Liverpool, one player he might be without is Dirk Kuyt. The Dutchman, who started just 12 of his 22 league appearances this past season, told German outlet Bild that Hamburg is interested in acquiring his services.

"Yes, HSV is an option," Kuyt said. "I am proud that such a great, wonderful club have shown interest in me. But there are other offers."


Goal-line technology will be tested when England hosts Belgium in friendly at Wembley Stadium on June 2, and if all goes well, FIFA is expected to give the system the green light a month later.

It will be the first live test for the Hawk-Eye system, but match officials will not actually use it. The system's readings will merely be evaluated by representatives from FIFA, the International Football Association Board and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.


Would Juventus be a good landing spot for Drogba? Is Martinez the right man for the Liverpool job? How would Kuyt fare for Hamburg?

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