Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told Roman Abramovich that he wants Hernan Crespo to return to Stamford Bridge during the summer.
The Argentinian striker has spent the season with Internazionale after signing a two-year loan deal with the Serie A leaders last year.
However, as Chelsea still own Crespo’s contract, they have the right to bring him back in the summer.
Crespo though, has always insisted he would prefer to stay in Italy, after failing to fully adjust to life in England.
However, the Chelsea boss is looking to secure cover for the likely loss of Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba during the African Cup of Nations in early 2008.
“I understand the human side of Crespo’s story, but business is business,” said Mourinho in The Sun.
“It’s up to Abramovich and Peter Kenyon now. I have told them my plans.
“Crespo is ours and I need a striker.
“I’m sure I will lose Drogba and Kalou who will go to play in the African Cup of Nations and so I need a striker like Crespo to be at Chelsea.”