Chelsea striker Didier Drogba could be ready to swap the Premier League for La Liga as Real Madrid get ready to launch a £15 million bid for the Ivorian.
The 33-year-old has seen his opportunities limited this season since after suffering from malaria and following the January signing of Fernando Torres.
Not only would Madrid assure Drogba first-team football, with fears surrounding the fitness of Gonzalo Higuain, the form of Karim Benzema and the future of Emmanuel Adebayor, the carrot of reuniting with former boss Jose Mourinho could be just the ticket for the Chelsea striker.
Furthermore, the signing of Drogba from Chelsea would help Madrid retain the services of Mourinho, who is jostling for power at the Bernabeu with the club's owner Florentino Perez.
Even at the twilight of his career, Chelsea are expecting to demand as much as £15 million for Drogba, who has scored 10 goals this season for The Blues.
Carlo Ancelotti is expected to invest heavily in his forward line, with 31-year-old Nicolas Anelka also expected to depart in the wake of Torres' move from Anfield.
The Stamford Bridge club have been linked with Sergio Aguero, Javier Pastore and Alexandre Pato as possible replacements for Drogba.