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Santos president Odílio Rodrigues concedes Peixe can’t afford Didier Drogba’s wages

Drogba with Chelsea in 2012

Santos president Odílio Rodrigues has revealed that Peixe tried to bring ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba to the club but couldn’t afford his wages.

Reports in Brazil suggested that the Brasileirão side offered Drogba a two-month deal but the high wages of the Ivory Coast striker meant the transfer was a no-go.

Rodrigues confirmed to reporters that he tried to make the dreams of Santos fans come true but failed.

“Talks happened, but the money is very high. It is a dream of the fans, but Santos has no condition to hire. We would love to (sign Drogba), but there is no possibility.”

Drogba’s contract with Galatasaray runs out in June and if he was to see it out he would have earned €10 million from the 18-month deal with the Turkish club.

Santos do have numerous attacking options at the club though with Thiago Ribeiro, Giva, Victor Andrade, Gabriel and Neílton, in addition to others, all capable of playing in advanced roles. They have already confirmed the signing of Brazil international Leandro Damião for 2014 as well.

Although it would have only been on a short-term deal, the addition of Drogba would have given the São Paulo based club a further boost for 2014.


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