Chelsea could relaunch a move for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Reports from the publication suggest that while the proposed sale of Spanish international Juan Mata to Manchester United could be part of a long-term strategy to sign Everton starlet Ross Barkley during the summer, in the short-term, they are considering hijacking Liverpool's move for Mohamed Salah or, failing that, could go back in for Guarin.
27-year-old Guarin - who is reportedly available for £8 million - currently represents Serie A outfit Inter following a permanent move to the world-famous San Siro back in May 2012.
He had initially embarked on a temporary loan spell to Serie A from FC Porto in January last year, but the Nerazzurri were obviously sufficiently impressed with what they saw to bring him in on a full-time basis.
His subsequent good form for the club over the ensuing season has seen his name persistently feature in the various transfer gossip columns, with Manchester United having been linked with a move for his services in recent days.
Most recently, the Colombian international was believed to be joining Serie A champions Juventus, but such a deal - that involved a swap with the Old Lady for striker Mirko Vucinic - reportedly fell through after being halted by Inter president Erick Thohir.
Manchester United, who were denied the chance to progress to the Capital One Cup final after an abysmal penalty shootout loss in the second-leg of their semi-final tie against Sunderland at Old Trafford, undoubtedly require significant strengthening this month after a dismal first season under the guidance of David Moyes.
Whether another attack-minded midfielder such as Guarin is the best option for Manchester United at this stage given the seemingly imminent purchase of Juan Mata, however, looks unclear.
For Chelsea, meanwhile, a potential short-term move for Guarin would appear to make some sense - although, given the midfield riches available to manager Jose Mourinho even without Mata, it could equally be argued as unnecessary.