Ivorian netted 60 goals in six years at Stamford Bridge.
Premier League giants Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been told that they will need to break the bank in order to be able to sign coveted Lille forward Salomon Kalou in the January transfer window, according to reports in the Daily Star.
All three clubs have been closely monitoring the experienced Ivory Coast international’s form and situation with the Ligue 1 high flyers of late in the hope of being able to lure Kalou back to the Premier League before the winter window slams shut for business for the season at the end of the month.
Kalou only left Chelsea for Northern France on a free transfer in the summer of 2012, with the player having proved yet again to be a huge success at his new club.
In fact in total to date, the 28-year-old has managed to register an impressive 19 goals and eight assists in his 47 matches in all competitions for Lille.
However, any club hoping to buy the Ivorian attacker in January though will need to break the bank, with Lille president Michel Seydoux saying of the recent rumours linking Kalou with a possible return to England this month: “Kalou? 87m maybe. For 5 or 6m, it does not matter.
“There is no question [whether] he leaves.
“He is part of our plans and I think he wants to stay – a departure at the end of the season is not inevitable.”