EXCLUSIVE: Drogba wants 6m a year as talks over new Chelsea deal stall
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has started the bidding for his services at a net salary of 6million.
Talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge have stalled and Drogba is now considering his options.
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The Ivory Coast international has just five months left on his contract, meaning he can enter discussions with foreign clubs over a potential move ahead of next season.
Drogba's availability has sparked a worldwide scramble for his signature.
And Sportsmail has learned the forward's advisers are playing financial hardball with his global suitors, with Drogba's wage demands starting at a staggering 6m per year after tax.
Heads up: Drogba wants 6m a year
But despite the massive pay package he is seeking, Drogba is attracting plenty of interest from within the cash-rich Middle East.
It is thought Drogba has already rejected a 4m-per-year offer from Qatari side Al Saad.
The 33-year-old is also a target for mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala, managed by ex-Blues boss Guus Hiddink, and sources close to the Russian club have indicated they would offer 8m-10m.
There is also interest from MLS side Chicago Fire. Drogba's agent Thierno Seydi said recently: 'He will go where he is offered the most money.'
As Drogba heads for the exit door the Blues are already lining up his replacement and are in advanced talks with Porto over a summer move for Hulk.
Sportsmail can reveal that Chelsea and Porto have already held lengthy and positive discussions regarding a summer switch.
Both clubs are willing to push through a summer deal, though with Hulk's release clause being 85m they are yet to agree a fee.