Manchester United defender Phil Jones has emerged as a shock transfer target for Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho looking at defensive options in case Brazil international David Luiz leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Blues' boss is also mindful of the fact club captain John Terry, who signed a one-year contract extension last week, is coming towards the end of his professional career.
The Irish Independent claim Mourinho has been linked with a move for 22-year-old Jones, who arrived at Old Trafford in a £16.5m deal three years ago. The England international, who Sir Alex Ferguson tipped to become the best player in the Red Devils' history last season, has made 104 appearances for the Premier League giants, scoring five goals.
However, a move to Chelsea could tempt Jones, who has failed to cement a first-team place in his three seasons at Old Trafford. The defender-cum-holding midfielder has become a victim of his own versatility since leaving Blackburn in 2011, with both Ferguson and David Moyes playing him in multiple positions over the last couple of seasons - but never giving him a consistent run of games in central defence, the position most regard as his natural position.
It's unclear whether Mourinho plans to use Jones as a central defender at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese coach already has Terry, Luiz and Gary Cahill in his ranks, while Kurt Zouma and Tomas Kalas are two extremely promising centre-backs.
However, it looks increasingly likely that Luiz will leave the west London outfit this summer. Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with the 27-year-old who, like Jones, has become a victim of his own versatility in the Premier League.