£30m 'slapped' on United & Chelsea strike target - reports

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Manchester United and Chelsea will have to pay top price to secure the services of Seydou Doumbia.

The CSKA Moscow striker has been earning rave reviews in Russia, leading to clubs across Europe taking a keen interest in the 23-year-old Ivorian international.

Doumbia enjoyed a phenomenal strike-rate with Young Boys in Switzerland after joining in 2008, securing a move to CSKA two years later and continuing his fine form at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Russian media sources claim Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all showing an interest in the player, whilst Barcelona lead the chase from Spain and big-spending Paris Saint-Germain are also tracking the situation.

Click Manchester reports that the player 'would welcome' a move to Chelsea, who spent big on young talent in the summer under manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata all moved to Stamford Bridge in the last transfer window, suggesting a shift in focus towards the future of Chelsea under the new management.

He would also be joining compatriots Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou in west London, with the pair tipped to sign new contracts with Chelsea after Andre Villas-Boas' comments earlier today.

The Manchester United connection appears less substantial, with Sir Alex Ferguson already having a handful of strikers on top form at his disposal.


However, constant speculation surrounding the future of Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford suggests that Manchester United could be in the market for a player in the position if a talented option becomes available.

Doumbia would certainly fit the bill, but with CSKA under no pressure to sell and 'slapping' a £30 million price-tag on their asset, even Manchester United may think twice over a move.

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