Chelsea Football Club News of the Day: Drogba to Leave?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on May 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Will J BakerCorrespondent IIIJune 2, 2011

Guus Hiddink looks set to sign on for another spell as Chelsea manager as other candidates have ruled themselves out.

The Dutchman, who has a close personal friendship with Roman Abramovich, has been a favorite to take over from Carlo Ancelotti, and now the club appear ready to seal the deal with Hiddink.

He seems to be the ideal choice. He has the trust and respect of Abramovich, which may increase the Russian billionaire's patience if the team does not immediately click.

He already has the confidence of the players that remember his first reign as Chelsea boss, in which he only lost one match and guided the Blues to FA Cup glory.

With Chelsea reportedly in the market for Dutch stars such as Rafael Van der Vaart and Wesley Sneijder, Hiddink's hiring might influence their decision to join the club.

It is not a done deal yet, but it would be a brave man that would bet against Hiddink becoming the main man at Stamford Bridge for a second time.

Hiddink says that after Turkey's qualifier this Friday, he will consider an offer from Abramovich.

In other news, Chelsea have reportedly had a £33 million bid rejected for Javier Pastore, the in-demand Palermo winger. Chelsea's interest in Pastore throws questions over the Chelsea future of players like Anelka, Kalou and Malouda.

However Palermo have revealed that it will take £44 million to sign Pastore, and with the £50 million spent on Torres still fresh in the memory, Abramovich may be reluctant to splash that amount of cash.

Finally, in a shocking development, AC Milan have revealed their interest in Didier Drogba as their next center forward.

At this point the Italian giants are considering offering a fee of around £10 million for the Ivorian, but Drogba could be tempted with a move away from Stamford Bridge.

The partnership with Fernando Torres has so far failed to function, and the Blues are linked with a new striker every week.

It could finally be time for Drogba to leave West London and pursue a new challenge.

As much as Chelsea fans appreciate his contribution to the club, it may be time to cash in on Drogba while there is still interest and start to build a new dynasty.  

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