Reports are intensifying that Juventus are close to signing Didier Drogba on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January.
The rumours of interest have been going for some considerable time, but over the last few hours more sources emerged on their negotiations.
Now ESPN have joined the Italian media  in claiming a deal is very close to completion and could be announced over the next few days.
The 34-year-old has been training with his former club Chelsea during the Chinese close season and FIFA ruled he could not make a transfer before the January 1 deadline.
There is a problem in this move, as Drogba would join Juve only to leave again immediately for the African Cup of Nations.