Didier Drogba could make a stunning return to Chelsea this summer as Blues boss Jose Mourinho is reported to want him back.
The Ivory Coast striker left West London after eight successful seasons at Stamford Bridge, winning three Premier Leagues, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League – scoring the crucial penalty against Bayern Munich in the final. He scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues.
The 36-year-old is out of contract at Turkish club Galatasaray and, according to the Mirror, Mourinho wants him as a back-up striker and may consider the possibility of incorporating him into the coaching staff in the future.
It is expected that talks between the two parties will be held after the World Cup in Brazil where Drogba will have his last chance to make history with the Ivory Coast, alongside with Manchester City's Yaya Toure.
Drogba has beautiful memories of his spell in London and when asked in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe in March about the reason for his Chelsea departure, replied: "I would not have been against staying at Chelsea.
"The last game against Bayern was a beautiful end. It was the ideal scenario... But I do not want to talk much about that. I would have stayed at Chelsea if we had managed to find a satisfactory agreement to both parties."
Chelsea are expected to complete a number of signings in the next few days including Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa, Tiago and Filipe Luis as well as former Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas.
The Brazil-born Costa has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will complete the move to Chelsea, telling Spanish media that "it looks like" he will play at Stamford Bridge next season.
Mourinho is also looking to strengthen the Blues' defence ahead of the next season with the addition of a centre-back with Atletico Madrid's Miranda on the Portuguese's wish-list – with Chelsea willing to pay up to €12m to secure his services.