Ghana midfielder Michael Essien and Didier Drogba are among the five Chelsea targets drawn up by AC Milan to sign this summer.
According to the report by UK radio station Talk Sport, the Chelsea stars dominate an eight-strong list of targets drawn up by AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani.
In an attempt at a major squad overhaul, Milan are eager to land a whole host of stars and Chelsea strikeforce Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka head the list.
The duo’s future are under threat at Stamford Bridge, with new manager Andre Villas-Boas keen on Porto striker Radamel Falaco, who is keen to be reunited with his old Porto boss.
Drogba and Anelka may not feature in Villas-Boas’ plans and Milan are ready to test the water with a bid for the pair, according to sources in Italy.
Galliani has publicly claimed that signing Drogba may prove difficult but sources in Italy suggest snaring strike partner Anelka would be possible.
Villas-Boas has Roman Abramovich’s extreme wealth at his disposal and does not need to rely on player sales to sign his targets but the Chelsea manager must trim his bloated squad this summer.
And more Chelsea stars are on Galliani’s radar – Michael Essien, Alex and Salomon Kalou are also wanted, along with Real Madrid’s Kaka and Bayern Munich duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben.
Galliani is eager to keep Milan as Italy’s best club and although there is no indication he is capable of landing all eight of his targets, the fact he has drawn up a Chelsea-dominated list of players shows he means business.
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