El Pais says Real directors know that Drogba is unsettled at Chelsea following the departure of Jose Mourinho and are ready to throw the kitchen sink at the Ivory Coast ace to bring him to Madrid at the end of this season.

Drogba's performance at Valencia in midweek has convinced Real chiefs that he can make a big impact in Spain. Ruud van Nistelrooy's success post-30 has also added to opinion that Drogba still has his best football in front of him.

Meanwhile, Marca says today that Drogba's agents have already held talks with Real officials about their interest.