Manchester United and Liverpool could face a fight to sign talented midfielder Nemanja Matic, with reports claiming that Rafael Benitez's Napoli are interested in signing the Benfica star.
25-year-old Matic has proved himself somewhat of a revelation in the Primeira Liga, having moved to Portugal in January 2011 as part of the deal that saw controversial defensive maverick David Luiz arrive at Chelsea.
The Serbian international - who has won eight senior caps for Siniša Mihajlović's side - has impressed with a series of accomplished displays at the Estadio da Luz, with such form appearing to attract attention from the Premier League's top outfits.
United - who have endured a somewhat underwhelming start to the new campaign but appear as if they could finally be starting to see signs of definite progress under David Moyes - have been linked with a potential move for Matic in recent weeks, along with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool and former club Chelsea.
According to Sky Sports Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, former Chelsea and Liverpool boss Benitez could be set to win the race for Matic, who reportedly has a release clause of a whopping €50 million.
Di Marzio claims that Napoli - who are currently second in the Serie A standings - have been in contact over Matic, with a view to signing him in January or at the end of the current campaign.