DROGBA CAMPAIGN AMUSES MARSEILLE
Marseille fans are keen to see the return of Drogba
Marseille president Pape Diouf claims to be "amused" by an appeal launched by his club's fans.
They are aiming to raise the 44 million US dollars they believe necessary to buy Chelsea star Didier Drogba.
New Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari claims Drogba, 30, is still "200% in his plans" but the striker is said to be headed for the Stamford Bridge exit.
Barcelona, AC Milan and Inter Milan are all reported to be interested in the Ivory Coast international.
But Marseille fans have launched an audacious bid to bring the striker back to the club he left four years ago.
Despite suffering a setback when their website crashed, the new appeal reached 1.5 million US dollars on Sunday.
The fans behind the initiative admitted that it would be impossible to raise the money to buy Drogba, instead insisting that the point of the project was to alert Diouf to the fans' wishes.
"I'm surprised and amused. It shows the true passion of our supporters," Diouf told regional newspaper La Provence.
It shows the true passion of our supporters.
Pape Diouf, Marseille President
However, he joked that even if the fans could raise the money for the transfer, that alone would not be enough.
He added: "I know what Drogba earns at Chelsea