Chelsea can’t get shot of £30 million striker – the most disappointing signing ever made?

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To say that Andriy Shevchenko’s stock has fallen over the past couple of seasons would be a huge understatement. The Ukrainian striker, who was rumoured to have been signed by Roman Abramovich rather than Jose Mourinho, has struggled to make an impact in a Chelsea shirt since arriving from Milan for £30 million.

Just as we thought it was adios to Sheva, who did actually manage 22 goals while playing for the Blues, it appears that his former club are not yet interested in a permanent deal for the enigmatic forward. The Daily Telegraph reports that Milan want to bring him in on loan first before giving the London club some of their huge transfer fee back.

However, the striker’s return has hit a major stumbling block, according to Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, the club’s chief transfer negotiator.

Galliani said: “Talks are deadlocked at the moment.

“Milan were interested in taking the player on loan with the right to buy but Chelsea said they wanted a full sale, therefore negotiations are over.”

Just how much is Shevchenko worth, being on the wrong side of 30 for a footballer? Arsene Wenger’s policy at Arsenal is to only give 30+ players a one-year-deal yet we’re in the world of Milan and Chelsea here, who like to make grandiose contracts such as keeping a player at the club until the age of 35 on a massive pay packet. It seems the Blues will continue to be lumbered with Sheva for some time yet though.

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