Real Madrid directors are locked in talks over a potential move for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

AS says Real's board are discussing whether to make an offer for the Ivorian, who has just turned 30 this week. Should they decide to push through with their bid, Real would also splash out on a younger forward to act as cover for Drogba and the 32 year-old Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Real know Chelsea won't stand in Drogba's way should a major offer arrive for the prolific striker in the summer. But the player's age remains an issue for certain directors.