Chelsea are reportedly chasing Venezuelan star Salomon Rondon, Arsenal have also been credited with an interested in the powerful forward.

According to the Daily Mail, the Malaga striker has been earmarked by the Stamford Bridge club as a possible replacement for Didier Drogba, but Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has retained an interest should Robin van Persie depart Emirates Stadium.

Drogba’s contract with the Blues has expired and the report claims Chelsea scouts were sent to watch Rondon in Venezuela’s home defeat to Chile on Sunday.

Malaga are reportedly demanding £20million for a player who scored 14 league goals in 37 appearances last season, but the west London value him at about half that amount.

That hefty price tag has made Arsenal baulk after their initial enquiries, according to the report.

Rondon has been likened to Ivory Coast star Drogba due to his size and strength, making him a physical challenge for any opposition defenders.

The 22-year-old joined Malaga from Spanish second division side Las Palmas two years ago.

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