MARCELLO LIPPI believes Didier Drogba would do a fairly good job for Milan if he arrived this January.
Milan will sign a striker if Alexandre Pato and Robinho both leave the club in January – a scenario that seems rather likely as Adriano Galliani is still in Brazil and a few days will return to the negotiations table.
Pato and Binho both explicitly asked to leave the club as they miss their home and Milan have been linked with Manchester City’s forward Mario Balotelli (22) and Shanghai Shenhua’s striker Didier Drogba (34).
“Drogba played against my Guangzhou Evergrande recently and is still a beast. He really makes the difference on the field,” Marcello Lippi, the coach of the Chinese side, told the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “He didn’t choose to go to China by following his heart or making a footballing decision.
“It was purely for the money, as he earns €12 million net a year – €1 million per month. Do you think he’d agree to halve his wages to come and play in Italy? I have my doubts. Where would he fit better? If Robinho and Alexandre Pato really are leaving Milan, then I’d see Drogba doing better for the Rossoneri than Juventus. Drogba would be a precious addition to the squad in Serie A and the Champions League.
“In technical terms, he’d form a great partnership with El Shaarawy with Pazzini playing the role of the reserve. El Shaarawy reminds me of Del Piero. They love to start from the left and cut in seeking goals with curling shots. He hasn’t got Del Piero’s quality yet, but is growing and could be more explosive in attack.
“Milan? They started from scratch. They gave away two champions in Ibrahimovic and Silva and also waved goodbye to people like Gattuso, Seedorf, Inzaghi, Zambrotta and Nesta – the soul of the team. It’s normal that they’ll need time to find the right balance,” added Lippi who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.
Earlier this month, Milan agreed a commercial partnership with Lippi’s Guangzhou Evergrande, who are the Chinese Super League champions. Milan football schools will also be built around China soon.