Didier Drogba is in line to make a sensational return to Chelsea after the striker opened talks with the west London club.
Jose Mourinho wants to take the Ivorian back to Stamford Bridge as a second striker to fill the void left by Samuel Eto'o's departure and the anticipated transfers of Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku.
He will also be offered a coaching role at the club as Mourinho, who signed Drogba from Marseilles in 2004, looks to renew the pair's relationship, reports the Daily Mail.
Drogba is reportedly willing to spurn a move to Italian champions Juventus in favour of a return to Chelsea and has also turned his back on a lucrative move to Qatar to further his career in the top flight.
The 36-year-old talisman made 226 appearances for the Blues scoring 100 goals and remains a popular figure within the club. His final kick for the club was the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League final against Bayern Munich, which won Chelsea the trophy for the first time in its history.
He made an emotional return to the Bridge last season when his Galatasaray team came up against Chelsea in the Champions League. But Drogba failed to inspire the Turkish side, who lost 3-1 on aggregate.
His country, Ivory Coast endured a nightmare World Cup in Brazil and were dumped out of the tournament at the group stages following loses to Columbia and Greece. The Africans' only victory was their narrow 2-1 defeat of Japan.
Drogba's return, as well as Mourinho's desire to sign Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, would cast doubt over the future of Fernando Torres.
The Spaniard had been linked with a romantic return to Atletico, where he spent six years before moving to Liverpool in 2007, and Italian clubs including Inter Milan have also been put on alert to the striker's availability.