If the new transfer rumors are to be believed, Chelsea's Ivorian striker and legend Didier Drogba will depart Stamford Bridge when the January transfer window reopens, and the preferred destination for relocation is supposedly San Siro with Italian giant AC Milan.

Didier Drogba will be out of contract with Chelsea in summer and then he will be liable to a free transfer, unless he signs a contract with Chelsea before that. However, previous reports have stated that the club wants to offer the 33-year-old a one year contract, whereas Drogba wants a minimum of two.

Milan will be closely monitoring the striker and will make a move if Drogba fails to make it to Andre Villas-Boas' first team. Drogba, on the other hand, will know that with the likes of Spaniard Fernando Torres and Belgian Romelu Lukaku, the club is not dependent on him anymore and the fight to break into the first team, or even survival, will be hard.

The others on Milan's January shopping list include Catania's Maxi Lopez and Roma's Marco Borriello, according to a Talksport report.

Drogba has enjoyed a fruitful stay at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea, whom he joined in 2004 from Ligue 1 side Marseille for £24 million. Drogba scored his first for the Blues only in his third game with a header against Crystal Palace, and led Chelsea to their first Premiership title in almost 50 years.

The Ivory Coast international has made an amazing 209 appearances for Chelsea and has managed 96 times to find the back of the net.