Milan have opened negotiations with Chelsea regarding a permanent deal for Argentine striker Hernan Crespo.

The 29-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at the San Siro after being deemed surplus to requirements by incom ing Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

After an difficult start to his Rossoneri career, Crespo has been back to his best in recent weeks and Sunday’s strike against Fiorentina was his fifth goal in six matches.

Milan are keenn to make the deal permanent.

“We are already talking with officials,” said Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani. “We have a good feeling with them.

“We would like Hernan to stay with us but we will have to find an agreement.”

The former Internazionale striker is eager to stay in Italy.

“At Chelsea I didn’t feel good from a human point of view,” said Crespo.

“When I arrived in Milan I solved the injury problems I had thanks to a high-level medical staff and I came back feeling in good shape.

“I’d like to stay with the Rossoneri but Milan must give me a little gift.”