Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester City are closely monitoring Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.
26-year-old Matuidi joined the wealthy Ligue 1 champions from domestic rivals Saint-Etienne during the summer of 2011 but has been widely linked with a move away from the club with his current contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Matuidi, who was recently involved in an unsavoury dispute with his former agent Jean Pierre-Bernes, has yet to agree terms on a new deal at Parc des Princes and it looks increasingly likely that his long-term future lies away from the French capital.
Le 10 Sport believe that Jose Mourinho's Blues and City - who are many people's favourites to compete for the English top-flight title this season - are keeping a keen eye Matuidi, with the France international free to discuss terms with other clubs in the new year.
Chelsea, who have endured a somewhat tepid start to the new campaign under returning manager Jose Mourinho but will inevitably have been boosted by their emphatic victory over Schalke in the Champions League last night, possess a glut of attacking talent but could feasibly be on the lookout for a tenacious tackler such as Matuidi to provide extra protection for their back four.
Manuel Pellegrini's City, meanwhile, possess a squad brimming with unquestionable star quality but always appear to be keen to bolster their star-studded ranks.