Milan eye Adebayor and Drogba
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AC Milan technical director Leonardo has admitted the Italian heavyweights are running the rule over Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Arsenal's Emmanuel Adebayor.

"It's no secret we're interested in signing a forward and are studying candidates," Leonardo told the BBC. "Drogba is a fine player and Adebayor is a player I really like. We are waiting for the right time to move."

Togo forward Adebayor recently expressed an interest in joining Barcelona but has also said Italy would appeal, hinting he feels it was time to move on. Milan are in need of reinforcements after offloading Alberto Gilardino to Fiorentina, while veteran Ronaldo has a serious knee injury.

The Rossoneri's vice-president Adriano Galliani last month said he had made Adebayor his club's "sole transfer target" of the summer. Ivorian international Drogba has been linked with AC Milan, but also their city rivals Inter and Spanish duo Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Leonardo, meanwhile, insisted that Brazilian playmaker Kaka was not for sale, despite reports on Sunday quoting Adriano Galliani as saying Chelsea have put a big-money offer on the table for him. "I can only repeat what we keep saying - there is no possibility of Kaka moving away from Milan," he said.

"We have not received an official bid for him. He is very close to AC Milan and has a very, very good relationship with the club."