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Drogba move to kick off Blues clear-out

ROMAN Abramovich is planning a summer clear-out at Chelsea which could see key men like Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard exit the club.

Drogba now seems certain to join Nicolas Anelka with a £130k-a-week salary in China with Shanghai Shenhua during the summer.

Shanghai have already reserved the No 11 shirt and have announced that he will make his debut on June 24.

Lampard's fate rests between Paris and Los Angeles with PSG and LA Galaxy both keen to sign the Chelsea veteran.

Also likely to leave is Andre Villas-Boas signing Raul Meireles, who has been told he can go if they find a club.

Technical director Michael Emenalo has been asked to compile a list of potential new managers and while Roberto Di Matteo has shouldered his way onto that list, it is thought that Abramovich (pictured) will look elsewhere for a permanent replacement for Villas-Boas.

One of the key requirements of the new manager will be to help promote Chelsea's burgeoning pool of youth players.

But a transfer kitty will also be available and the first recruit from that funding is likely to be Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian striker Willian.

"They have to pay the price," said Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu.

"They have to pay the price because we bring the players here at 17 or 18 years old.

"We pay a lot of money because they are talented players and we bring them up. I have 23 or 24 players like that, not only Willian."


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