Milan confirm interest in Chelsea ace

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has admitted that he may be tempted to make a move for Chelsea strikers Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba.

The Serie A champions were advised by former coach Carlo Ancelotti to look to Stamford Bridge to bolster their attacking options, with the experienced pair not getting as much first-team football as they would like under Andre Villas Boas.

The San Siro outfit are said to be in the market for a forward, especially given the fact that Antonio Cassano will be sidelined for a considerable period of time with a heart problem, and Galliani has refused to rule out a move for the pair.

“Ancelotti understands football; perhaps we will take them both,” Galliani told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Seriously, it is not certain that we will sign anyone in January. If we did 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,” the executive concluded.

Drogba’s contract is due to expire next summer, with Chelsea doomed to lose the powerhouse attacker on a free transfer; Anelka has been linked with a move to the MLS and also finds himself in the fringes at the Premier League club.

By Gareth McKnight