Crespo decision due
By Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Hernan Crespo's future should be known in the next few days, while Milan have warned Chelsea off Andrei Shevchenko.
Crespo is keen to remain at Milan and has even offered to take a pay cut in order to stay at San Siro after a successful loan spell.
Jose Mourinho is thought to want Crespo back at Stamford Bridge but his future will finally be decided in the next few days.
"Regarding Crespo, between today and tomorrow we will know where the Argentinian striker will play," said Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani.
"I want to thank Crespo for the great economic sacrifice that he has made in order to have the possibility of staying in Milan."
Mourinho is still thought to want a new striker, even more so should Crespo remain with the Rossoneri - and Shevchenko could be his target.
The Blues are also looking at Internazionale's Adriano, but Ukrainian marksman Shevchenko is also on Chelsea's list and they are thought to be ready to weigh in with a massive é¼70 million bid for Shevchenko, including Crespo as part of the deal.
Milan are not interested in selling their top striker, however, and Galliani added: "Andrei Shevchenko is not for sale," on Milan's website.
The two clubs could also do more business in the shape of Kakha Kaladze, but the move for the Georgian could now be in doubt after Asier del Horno arrived at Stamford Bridge.
"For the time being, Kaladze remains at Milan," said Galliani.
"We have not reached a financial agreement with Chelsea even though our relationship with the English club is still excellent.
"It's a commercial agreement and it's normal that each club looks at their own interests."