Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that Andrei Shevchenko wants to move to England.

Shevchenko has spent the last few months denying reports that he is interested in a move to the Premiership, but Berlusconi’s admission suggests that a move could be imminent. Chelsea, whose owner Roman Abramovich is a close friend of the former Dynamo Kyiv striker, would seem the obvious destination.

Berlusconi is quoted by Ansa as telling a young fan: “Do you know he [Shevchenko] wants to leave?

“He wants to go to England.”

Italian press reports claim Milan will only allow the Ukrainian to leave if they can sign Arsenal’s Thierry Henry or Barcelona star Samuel Eto’o as a replacement.

Shevchenko is battling to be fit in time to represent his country in their first-ever World Cup finals appearance, although he is fully expected to take some part in Germany.