Chelsea are ready to play tough with AC Milan over their pursuit of Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko.

The Times says Chelsea value Drogba at £30 million and insist that they will hold out for such a fee, particularly because he has three years remaining on a contract that was signed midway through last season.

Meanwhile, in Shevchenko's case, he has become an embarrassment to Roman Abramovich, who brokered the deal personally, with the Russian desperate to recoup part of the £30 million transfer fee.

Milan's offer to take him on loan for a season and pay a proportion of his £130,000-a-week wages has been thrown out by Chelsea.