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FOOTBALL HOTLINE: Chelsea pounds 10m for Drogba.

Byline: Alan NIXON

CHELSEA are making a pounds 10million 'take it or leave it' offer for Marseille's red-hot striker Didier Drogba.

Owner Roman Abramovich has stepped into the negotiations for the powerful hit-man and wants to bid LESS than the French club thought they were getting.

Chelsea's wheeler-dealers met Marseille officials two weeks ago and were quoted pounds 15m for the forward who topped the charts in France and shook up Liverpool and Newcastle in Europe.

Marseille believed that Chelsea would come back with more to get their man, especially after failing in bids for Andriy Shevchenko and David Trezeguet.

However, instead Abramovich changed his tactics and put a smaller sum forward, which Marseille will still have to consider.

Marseille hoped that Manchester United would come in with a firm offer, but that has yet to happen.

The French outfit now face weeks of agonising over the decision. Selling Drogba would set them up financially, but would be a major blow to their ambitions of European glory.

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2004
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