Long before he became a Chelsea icon and was voted their greatest ever player, Drogba’s name was mooted for a potential Bramall Lane move – but only issue
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Sheffield United once missed the opportunity to recruit football superstar Diego Maradona.
The story has become famous now, with Blades pulls the plug on a 17-year-old deal after the transfer becomes politicized.
Now, former boss Neil Warnock has revealed another star has left United.
But Warnock did talk about how he could have signed Drogba for tonguelong before his affair with Chelsea began.
Notably, the £100,000 price tag of the Ivory Coast player proved too big a gamble for United – the team was plying its business in the second division at the time.
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Appear on national radio talkSPORTVeteran boss Warnock was asked if he was obsessed with missing a player during his long career at the tunneling company.
“I think every manager has, really,” he said.
“For the first time in my career I had a French player, Laurent D’Jaffo, he said to me ‘gaffer, I have seen a player for you in the second division in France, very good, 100,000 board’.
‘I said’ £100,000? That’s a huge number for a second-tier French player. What’s his name? ” He said ‘Drogba’ I said we cannot pay £100,000 for a player in the French second division.
“And you all know what happened to him in the end, Drogba! It was my biggest transfer opportunity (missed).
“I don’t think I could have a greater loss than one.”
Of course, Drogba would join Chelsea in the summer of 2004 for a fee of £24m after an impressive spell in France.
He would become an icon at Stamford Bridge, scoring more than 100 Premier League goals. In 2012, Drogba was voted Chelsea’s greatest player in a poll by the club’s official magazine.
He wrote at the time: “Thanks to all the fans who voted for me, I feel really honored and proud that there are so many great players who have been at the club before me and also at the club. same time as me.
“To be voted alongside these big names is an absolute privilege for me. amazing.”
For Warnock, the failure to find one of the greatest strikers to grace English football hasn’t stopped him from managing in the Premier League.
His last gig was in Middlesbrough, where he was dismissed last November.
He recently spoke about the possibility of a return, saying: “I like the relationship with the players on the training ground and what you have – I won’t give up another club until the end of this season. .”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/warnock-drogba-sheffield-united-chelsea-26290176 Neil Warnock recalls how he almost signed Didier Drogba for Sheffield United