Salomon Kalou admits he would welcome a return to England.
Jose Mourinho signed the Ivory Coast international during his time as Chelsea manager, paying a reported fee of £9million to lure him from Feyenoord in 2006. Although the forward could never command a regular start in the Blues side, he did make over 250 appearances for the club.
Kalou left the Stamford Bridge outfit when his contract expired in the summer, and can look back on his time in London with satisfaction having won a UEFA Champions League, a Premier League title, four FA Cups and a League Cup during his six-year spell in the capital.
Now plying his trade in France with Lille, the 27-year-old has made 31 appearances for Les Dogues in all competitions, and has chipped in with 10 goals and six assists. But although he remains under contract for another three years, he admits he could be tempted to return to England.
“I’d love to go back to England,” Kalou, who has 21 goals from 57 caps for his country, is quoted as saying in The Sun. “I spent six seasons there and I am crazy about the Premier League. Players’ careers change so quickly – you never know what will happen tomorrow.”
In the same report, the tabloid claims Arsenal could be keen in signing the player. Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in Kalou in the past, and the French coach is likely to bolster his attacking options when the transfer window reopens. However, if the former Chelsea man was to become their headline signing, the Emirates Stadium faithful are unlikely to be satisfied.
Having now gone eight years without a trophy, the Gunners fans are desperate to see a big-name signing ahead of next season. Stevan Jovetic, the Montenegro international, would fit the bill, but it remains to be seen if Wenger, who is an admirer of the 23-year-old, would meet his £25million tag.