Manchester United and Chelsea are preparing to do battle over Everton full-back Seamus Coleman in the new year according to the Daily Star.
The Republic of Ireland international has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League in recent seasons, and has been attracting a growing list of suitors.
Indeed, Manchester United were reportedly keen on the 26-year-old during the summer transfer window but failed to get a deal done, even after the possibility of a swap deal involving Marouane Fellaini was mooted.
Of course during David Moyes time in charge at Old Trafford, Manchester United were heavily linked with a swoop for Leighton Baines, but with Luke Shaw on board at left-back, it seems they will now target a move for his Everton team-mate to fill the troublesome right-back slot.
According to the Star, both the Red Devils and Chelsea will scrap it out to sign Coleman, and while Everton don't want to sell up a £25 million offer could tempt them to do just that.
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho can call upon the services of Branislav Ivanovic currently, but may sign a right-back so that the Serbian can act as cover in the middle of defence where the Blues look a little short of options.
Boss Louis van Gaal can only currently call on the inconsistent Rafael and converted winger Antonio Valencia, so a move for Coleman is a real possibility.
One thing that may give Manchester United an advantage over Chelsea is the fact that Everton are reportedly keen on taking Adnan Junaz on loan in January.