Chelsea have reportedly made their interest known in Manchester United target Sami Khedira.
The Real Madrid midfielder continues to play an important role for Jose Mourinho, but has frequently been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in recent weeks.
It was initially reported that Sir Alex Ferguson was keen on Khedira and now, according to Spanish publication AS, Chelsea entered the running for the 24-year-old's signature.
Both Ferguson and Chelsea counterpart Andre Villas-Boas are reported to be on the lookout for midfield reinforcements in January and, it would appear, respective bids for Khedira could be in the offing.
Ferguson has yet to adequately compensate for the retirement of Paul Scholes and, although Khedira is not a like-for-like replacement, the United boss is in need of extra bodies.
Tom Cleverley is still sidelined, while Anderson is out until the New Year at least, and Ferguson could be tempted to bolster his Old Trafford ranks when the opportunity arises.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are still thought to after a creative midfield influence, and Joao Moutinho and Luka Modric have been linked with moves to Stamford Bridge.