Napoli are the latest club to be accredited with an interest for Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi, reports in France suggest.
The French international is yet to extend his current deal, which expires in the summer, and will be able to discuss pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs on January 1st.
Chelsea were thought to be favourites for the tough-tackling midfielder as Jose Mourinho remains keen on adding defensive steel to his Stamford Bridge outfit.
Manchester City were also thought to be monitoring the situation closely but Manuel Pellegrini may find it tough to fit the 26-year-old in to his formation due to the fine form of both Yaya Toure and Fernandinho at the Etihad so far this season.
But both of those Premier League clubs face stern competition from Barcelona, who would undoubtedly be the frontrunners to sign the player considering they offer the chance to play alongside the likes of Xavi Hernandez and Lionel Messi.
The Nou Camp also represents the best chance of winning major competitions.
But big spenders Napoli are also keen to take Matuidi, should he decide to depart Parc des Princes on a free transfer in the summer.
Rafa Benitez went on an impressive recruitment drive in the summer, bringing the likes of Pepe Reina and Gonzalo Higuain to Naples and wants Matuidi's signature to continue in the same vain.
However, Matudi recently spoke of his desire to stay at PSG but admitted he was open to leaving Ligue 1.
He recently told L'Equipe: "My first wish would be to stay. But you can wish for something and sometimes it doesn't happen.
"The club has a special place in my heart, but anything can happen in a career."