Manchester United are considering a rival bid to Chelsea for Xabi Alonso as talks over a new Rela Madrid deal continue to go unresolved.
According to the Daily Star, Jose Mourinho has been keen to snap up the former Liverpool man when his contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and the Stamford Bridge club have been monitoring the situation closely.
However, the report now claims that David Moyes has taken an interest in the 31-year-old's current situation and Manchester United officials have been plotting a possible bid of their own to try and lure him to Old Trafford.
Alonso has only just returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines after fracturing a bone in his foot, but he has already shown how important he is to los Blancos since getting back on the field.
Chelsea and Manchester United will have to contend with the suggestion in this report that Alonso's preference would be to stay with Real Madrid, but a huge pay rise for Cristiano Ronaldo and a big contract for new signing Gareth Bale could mean his wage demands are more than his club is willing to offer.
Alonso is still remembered fondly by Anfield fans for his time with Liverpool, but a move to fierce rivals Manchester United could see their opinion of him alter.