Chelsea chiefs split over Drogba replacement signing

The Times says Mario Gomez, of VfB Stuttgart, has been identified as a potential leader of the line. Frank Arnesen, the Chelsea director of scouting and youth development, is advocating a move for the 21-year-old Germany player of Spanish descent.

But Chelsea coach Avram Grant would prefer a more creative striker, such as Tottenham's Dimitar Berbatov.

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