Didier Drogba may yet have a future at Chelsea, despite the possible arrival of Radamel Falcao, as new manager Andre Villas-Boas is open to the idea.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Chelsea have been impressed by the Ivoirian's attitude since the arrival of Fernando Torres in January, and could be open to the possibility of extending Drogba's stay. With rotation policy expected to be administered next season, Drogba could prolong and in fact, end his career at Stamford Bridge.
However, Nicholas Anelka may not have any such like, as Falcao's arrival is imminent. Chelsea are expected to meet his £26 million release clause. Villas-Boas, known to prefer a fluid 4-3-3 formation, will leave the strategizing until he sees his players and their strengths in person as the squad returns for pre-season training on July 4th.
Falcao, who holds the record for most-goals scored in a Europa League season with 17, admitted that progress has been made in terms of a move.
He said, I am leaving things up to my agent. I am very calm about the situation but I know there has been some movement. My ambition is to keep working hard and I am convinced I can play in a superior league like England. If Chelsea is interested in me then all that needs to happen is for negotiations to take place.
A report in the Express said that Chelsea were on the verge of giving-up their chase for the 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Neymar, for whom Santos is demanding a massive £45 million - a figure even Roman Abramovich won't be bullied into committing. A source in the report was quoted as saying that, Chelsea want Neymar very much, but they will not pay the £45m Santos want.
Chelsea are also keen on adding to their goalkeeping department, with the Blues linked to signing the highly-rated Genk keeper Thibaut Courtois. The 19-year-old is also wanted by Atletico Madrid, who are on the verge of losing their main keeper - David de Gea - to Manchester United. talkSport revealed that Chelsea are looking to sign the keeper before pre-season begins, but face a major fight to do so as Atletico could offer him first-team football.
Finally, the Blues will receive an offer from Sunderland, according to a report in the Mirror, for 21-year-old striker Daniel Sturridge who has been in high demand since his impressive showing on-loan at Bolton in the second half of last season.