By FRANCO PANIZO
Didier Drogba could soon return to the club that paved the way for him to join Chelsea.
French club Olympique de Marseille is interested in signing Drogba, whose future with Chelsea is unclear after Andre Villas-Boas was appointed as the new manager of the club last week. Marseille is confident it could afford a transfer fee for the Ivorian international, but it is unsure if it can meet his salary demands.
Marseille president Vincent Labrune said the club is unsure it could afford Drogba, and that a move for the 33-year-old striker would depend on how much it makes on the players it sells this summer.
Drogba, who has one year remaining on his current contract with Chelsea, played for Marseilla during the 2003-2004 season. He scored 19 goals in 35 league games that season before transferring to Chelsea.
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