Manchester United are reported to be in pole position to clinch the signing of Nemanja Matic in the January transfer window, despite the Benfica midfielder also being in the crosshairs of Real Madrid and Chelsea.
Matic would appear to be one of the most sought after players in his position currently operating in Europe and, according to Portuguese newspaper Record, his most likely destination will be Old Trafford.
It is claimed that Manchester United made a move for the Serbian during their pursuit of midfield reinforcements in the summer months, and David Moyes is set to return for the player at the next available opportunity.
The Premier League champions are being credited with a sustained scouting brief on Matic, and the likelihood is that he would move to them rather than secure a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu or Stamford Bridge.
Matic is a former Chelsea player, having been signed by the club in 2009, but the 25-year-old moved to Benfica in the deal that saw the Blues bring David Luiz to west London.
He has flourished since his switch to Lisbon, resulting in renewed interest from Mourinho, but the Chelsea manager would appear set to lose out on the player's signature to Manchester United.
Moyes will, however, have to splash a significant sum if he is to clinch a deal for Matic, with Benfica reported to have inserted a €50 million release clause into his contract.