Speculation has been rife that Chelsea's
Champions League-winning hero was set to quit Shanghai Shenhua after just
six months in China, with a host of clubs linked with the Ivory Coast star.
But Galatasaray have moved into pole position after making an offer to his
current club, with a spokesperson for the Sports PR Company telling Press
Association Sport: "They have made a formal bid for him."
It is understood a deal could be concluded as early as this evening for the
34-year-old, amid reports he has agreed an 18-month contract.
Turkish champions Galatasaray have already signed Inter Milan star Wesley
Sneijder this month as they look to bolster their squad after reaching the
last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Schalke, and they have
also been heavily linked with Manchester City defender Kolo Toure.
Drogba's last act for Chelsea before joining Shenhua last summer was scoring
the winning penalty in their final shoot-out triumph.