Milan play down Chelsea strikers link

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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has played down talks that the club will move for Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the January transfer window.

Whilst the Rossoneri haven't dismissed the idea completely, suggesting a loan move might be possible, Galliani admits it's not certain the club will look to bring any strikers to the San Siro despite Antonio Cassano's situation.

The Italian international underwent minor heart surgery after falling ill on a flight back following a match against Roma, and it's not yet known how long the 29-year-old will be out of action.

A twist in the tail comes with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti advising Milan to sign the French and Ivorian forwards, and words from the old AC chief are always listened to by Galliani.

He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Ancelotti has suggested we take Anelka or Drogba? Ancelotti understands football. Perhaps we will take them both!

"But seriously it is not certain that we'll take someone in January and, eventually, it would be a loan because I promised to keep a place for Cassano.

"Anelka is a major player but I have been in love with Drogba since he played in Marseille."

Recent speculation has also suggested the Serie 'A' side might be interested in a move for Mario Balotelli, but that was another story Galliani was keen to dismiss.

"Right now I think it is impossible for any Italian team to think about Balotelli. He has only sympathy for our colours."

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