Reports suggest that should Chelsea offload Didier Drogba in the January transfer window a replacement is already waiting in the wings. Jimmy Briand of French outfit Stade Rennais has been watched regularly by the Blues and £15m could land the striker.

The 23-year-old was due to sign for Paris St Germain until the price was increased according to PSG owner Charles Villeneuve.

"Only Chelsea or Manchester United could afford him," said Villeneuve.