On Monday, Juventus's club president Beppe Marotta has confirmed that he has made an enquiry as to the availability of Shanghai Shenhua striker, Didier Drogba.
Marotta told calciomercatto.com that they are always making enquiries and they have made one about Drogba. The Ivory Coast International has been considering his future at the Chinese club after complications surrounding the clubs ownership and his contract.
The former Chelsea hero has re-iterated his refusal to play for another club in the Premier League out of respect for his former employers, so a move to Serie A seems very likely. Drogba had been training with Chelsea recently ahead of the African Nations Cup competition that begins at the end of January.
Juventus want to add firepower up top and see Drogba as the ideal physical body to bring in a real presence to their attacking options. With current striker Nicklas Bendtner sidelined with injury problems, Drogba is a ready made replacement.
With Juventus not in action until Sunday lunchtime, this evening sees Lazio endeavour to tighten the gap between first and second in Serie A. Three points would see, at least temporarily, Juventus's lead being cut from eight points to five. The visitors to the Stadio Olimpicao are Ivo Pulga's Cagliari, who currently sit just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
One of the leagues tightest defences, welcoming a team with one of the most porous, would logically lead most to the conclusion that a home victory is inevitable. If there is to be a positive for the Sardinians, it is if the teams line out as expected, they will have an average age of three years younger then Vladimir Petkovic's side. That youthful energy will be needed if they are to break down one of the leagues most solid units.
34 Year old German striker Miroslaz Klose will lead the home sides attack. Veteran Tommaso Rocchi has moved to Inter Milan in the transfer window, whilst Libor Kozak and Sergio Floccari remain understudies.
AC Milan midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng lead his team off the pitch in protest after being the subject of racist abuse in a friendly with fourth division side Pro Patria earlier today. The match was abandoned after 26 minutes when Boateng reacted to the taunts by picking up the ball and smashing it towards the section of Pro Patria supporters who were making the offensive noises. The Ghanaian then proceeded to remove his jersey and leave the field despite attempts from Pro Patria's players to calm him down.
Prior to Boateng taking matters into his own hands, the Pro Patria players had twice asked their fans to stop and there had also be an appeal made by the public address announcer as Milan players Sulley Muntari, Urby Emanuelson and M'Baye Niang were also subjected to the abuse.
Boateng later tweeted: "Shame that these things still happen... #StopRacismforever"
Milan's coach, Massimiliano Allegri, commented: "We are disappointed and saddened by what has happened.
"Milan play for the right to respect all players. We need to stop these uncivilized gestures.
The football battle in the middle of the park determines the outcome of the game. Over ninety minutes, the midfield who have successfully nullified their opposition have practically guaranteed a victory, hence making it vital to have the perfect duo to do the business. But just who can boast about having two of the best men for the job?
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere have already started to make waves at the Emirates but until both are fully fit and raring to go from the start, there still needs to be a learning curve. Manchester City’s David Silva and Yaya Toure possess the perfect skills to complement one another but an inability to transform that partnership into Europe in two successive seasons means there’s still work to do.
Xabi Alonso and Mesut Özil have created an ideal understanding at Real Madrid and you could argue Barcelona’s Xavi and Iniesta already hold the crown. Their telepathic connection means all other competition is blown out of the water. But you’d be wrong.