Drogba signed for Shanghai Shenhua last summer but is reported to be open to returning to Europe.
Marotta told the television programme Domenica Sportiva: “Drogba? We are always making inquiries and we have made one for him. We have asked about his availability and after that we will look at the financial aspects and talk to the coach.”
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