Juventus will look to launch a raid for Chelsea midfielder Ramires - and that could free up space for Manchester United to try and land either Paul Pogba or Arturo Vidal according to reports.
Ramires has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge with the emergence of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic. He's started just three Premier League games this term and his chances of gaining more time on the pitch in the new year seem slim.
Previously it was suggested that the Brazilian could be on his way to Real Madrid but according to the Daily Star Juventus could swoop, and that may off Manchester United the chance to get a player they have coveted for some time.
There have been plenty of question marks about both Vidal and Pogba of late, despite the latter recently penning a new contract. Chelsea have also been linked with Pogba while Manchester United would love to take him back to Old Trafford, however more recently it seems as though it is Manchester City who are trying to force the issue.
If the Frenchman is unavailable then Vidal may be a more realistic target. Juventus are reportedly growing tired of the Chilean's performances and could sell up. Of course Manchester United tried to sign him over the summer but the money involved - and Juve's reluctance to sell - put paid to the deal.
If the Italian club do make a move for Ramires then that could change, and Manchester United may land the midfield enforced they want. That of course depends on Chelsea who could derail the move either be refusing to sell Ramires, or by offering the midfielder up as a swap deal for Pogba which would mean that Vidal would remain in Turin.
Crucially, the Daily Star add that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to keep Ramires at Stamford Bridge which could throw a spanner in the works.