Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 1/23/13
AC Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri would gladly welcome Didier Drogba into his first team should the Rossoneri win the race for the Ivory Coast striker. Reports in Italy have suggested the former Chelsea forward, 34, is ready to terminate his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after just seven months and return to Europe as soon as possible. Juventus are also interested in the Champions League-winning striker, who is reportedly asking for 10million euros in wages for an 18-month contract in Italy - four million for the rest of the current season and another six million before June 2014. Milan, meanwhile, have reached a financial impasse over a potential long-term loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, with Manchester City's Mario Balotelli currently out of their price range at a reported fee of 28million euros (?23.5million). Quoted in the Gazzetta dello Sport, Allegri told Sky Italia: "Champions of his (Drogba) calibre are very welcome. (Vice-president Adriano) Galliani will know if the deal is feasible. "I'm calm, the club is just thinking about what could help us out and what we could do about it. "A player like Drogba would certainly improve both the technical level and self-esteem of the team. We'll see what the club are able to do, otherwise we'll carry on as we are, looking to have a good second half of the season because that is our objective. "It will be difficult, though, because we still have to face some teams with a high level of technical quality." Milan climbed to sixth place in the Serie A table with Sunday's victory over Bologna, a result that sees the club return to contention for Europe after a disappointing start to the season. The Magpies scored the only goal of Tuesday night's League One clash in the 35th minute when Enoch Showunmi tapped-in after good work by Andre Boucard and Jamal Campbell-Ryce. However, the home side had Gary Liddle to thank after some heroic defending saw him clear Matt Smith's goal-bound header off the line after 57 minutes. Dickov, whose side host Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday, said: "First half we were sloppy and we didn't get anywhere near them that often. I said to them at half-time if any of them thought they would be playing a full game they would have to improve and if I could have made more changes I would have. "After they had a bit of a rollicking at half-time they came out better in the second half and gave it more of a go and could have got something. "We have all got to learn that you can't just turn up on a match day and just expect things to happen, and maybe have one eye on the next game. You've got to look at what's happening now and do things properly and they did that in the second half."
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