Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich star Mario Mandzukic, but it could spark a Premier League transfer tussle between them and two of their biggest rivals in Arsenal and Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for some more firepower in the centre-forward positions and has been told Mandzukic is ready to leave the Allianz Arena in the summer, according to The Sun.
However, the report also claims both Arsene Wenger and David Moyes could be ready to step in and pitch the benefits of Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford respectively if it looks like an offer will be made out of Stamford Bridge. Though it is the Blues whom have been given the first green light by the Croatia international's camp.
Arsenal and Chelsea are in similar situations in that both clubs have what many believe to be insufficient personnel in the centre-forward position. Mourinho has a number of options in the form of Fernanado Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba, but none of them have been able to consistently find the net cement the status of first choice.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have only Olivier Giroud as a viable senior option and he has been criticised for not being good enough to match Arsenal's Premier League title aspirations. Youngster Yaya Sanogo and Nicklas Bendtner have both occupied the position, but one is 20 years old with little experience and the other is on his way out in the summer and has continued disciplinary issues.
Manchester United, however, have no such problems in thew centre-forward department, with an attacking force of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javuer Hernandez the envy of most other Premier League sides. However, there have been questions raised about the futures of Van Persie and Hernandez this season, as David Moyes' first season in charge has suffered from a number of problems.
Mandzukic's future at the Champions League holders has been brought into doubt with the news in January that Borussia Dortmund's star centre-forward Robert Lewandowski will be joining on a free transfer in the summer. Mandzukic was the first choice up front under Jupp Heynckes last season in Bayern's treble-winning side, but the appointment of Pep Guardiola this season has seen his playing opportunities decrease.