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This photo taken on August 4, 2012 shows Didier Drogba gesturing as he plays for Shanghai Shenhua FC in their game against Hangzhou Greentown in Shanghai Hongkou Stadium. A month after arriving in China, Drogba is living up to the expectations of fans and players who have given him the new nickname “Devil Beast” for his strength. AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/GettyImages)

Didier Drogba has emerged as a surprise transfer alternative for Juventus who fear being priced out of a deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente.

Although Drogba only moved to Shanghai Shenua this summer, financial problems at the Chinese club following a share dispute means the Ivorian could soon be on the market.

Juve are determined to land a proven striker before Friday’s transfer deadline but Bilbao continue to drive a hard bargain over Llorente, demanding €36m (Dh166.2m) for a player who only has a year to run on his contract.

“If Juventus really want Llorente they should hunt down every cent of his €36m clause,” president Josu Urrutia said.

Of Juve’s other targets, Edinson Cavani looks set to pledge his future to Napoli while Manchester City seem unwilling to sell Edin Dzeko following Sergio Aguero’s injury.