Chelsea stalwart Ashley Cole could join of the club's main title rivals this summer, with reports suggesting that Liverpool have offered him a contract to move to Anfield.
Left-back Cole - who has been at Stamford Bridge since making the controversial switch from Arsenal in 2006 - is out of contract in West London this summer and now reports cited by The Metro suggest that he has been offered a one-year deal to move to Merseyside.
While the details of such an offer are not made clear beyond its initial length, one must assume that it is financially competitive with Cole currently earning £120,000-per-week at Chelsea and the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid said to be interested in his services.
England international Cole has established a formidable legacy at Chelsea, but it appears that his time at the club is coming to an end under Jose Mourinho.
While his qualities remain obvious for all to see, Mourinho has used Cole somewhat sparingly in recent months, with reliable Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta clearly in front of him in the pecking order despite his status as a right-back.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are clearly in need of a new presence on the left-hand side of defence, with first-choice Jose Enrique having missed most of the 2013/14 season after suffering a knee injury in November.
With Liverpool having struggled to compete for regular trophies in recent years, a move from Stamford Bridge to Anfield may have been considered as a notable step down before this season.
However, with Brendan Rodgers' side - who sadly appear as if they have just fallen at the final hurdle - having defied reasonable expectations to sit in the top two throughout the campaign so far, it is obvious that Liverpool are a club on the up at present and could prove an attractive destination if Cole were to leave Chelsea.