AC Milan and Juventus are on red alert over reports that Didier Drogba has requested a release from his Shanghai Shenhua contract.Sky Italia says the Chelsea legend has formally asked Shanghai Shenhua to terminate his contract so he can resume his career in Europe after the African Cup of Nations.

An offer from AC Milan remains on the table of a €4 million deal to June, with another €6 million for the following season.

For their part, Juventus are pulling back after holding Bosman talks with Athletic Bilbao centre-forward Fernando Llorente.