Chelsea face striker fight as Italian interest intensifies - reports

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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is a January target for AC Milan according to talkSPORT.

Reports in Italy claim the 33-year-old Ivorian international heads a three man wish-list for the Serie A giants, who are looking for cover for Antonio Cassano who has been ruled out of action for six months with a heart problem.

Out of contract at Chelsea in the summer, Drogba could leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer if he fails to agree a new deal, and the Blues star is free to talk to clubs in the New Year.

Andre Villas-Boas has made his intentions clear that he wants the African ace to remain in west London, but talks have stalled as Drogba seeks assurances that he remains part of the Blues' first-team plans.

The other issue is that Chelsea are only prepared to offer the player a one-year deal, whereas Drogba is seeking a minimum two-year extension - security he would be able to get by moving to the San Siro.

Milan are also believed to be monitoring Catania's Maxi Lopez, and Roma's Marco Borriello, but sources close to the club indicate that Drogba remains their first-choice option, as they prepare a bid for the Chelsea striker when the transfer window reopens in January.

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