Chelsea are exploring the possibility of re-signing Eden Hazard from Real Madrid.
Hazard, 30, cost Real more than £100million when he swapped Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu in 2019.
But he has failed to live up to expectations and would be allowed to leave if a suitable offer came in.
Reports in Spain say Blues owner Roman Abramovich is convinced Hazard would become a world beater again back in the familiar surroundings of West London.
He made 310 appearances during seven seasons at the Bridge, scoring 110 goals as he lifted the Premier League and Europa League twice, as well as the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
The problem is Real would want to recoup as much of the fee they paid as possible — but Chelsea are unlikely to offer more than £40m for a player who has been beset by injury and fitness problems.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is a big fan of Blues full-back Reece James and the suggestion is the Spanish giants may try to factor him into any deal.
James, 21, has not nailed down a regular starting spot since Thomas Tuchel took charge last season but it is unlikely Chelsea would want to sell the England international.
Juventus are ready to raid Manchester as they look to win back the Serie A title.
Max Allegri’s side have made a poor start to the domestic campaign after failing to win the league for the first time in 10 years in 2020-21.
Now reports in Italy suggest they want to sign both Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva and Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek in January.
Silva, 27, has been one of City’s best players this season but wanted to leave the Etihad before the summer transfer window slammed shut.
Whether or not his starring role in the past two months has changed matters remains to be seen — and Pep Guardiola will not want to lose the Portuguese maestro.
For Van de Beek, 24, it has been a miserable 15 months since swapping Ajax for Old Trafford.
Only four of his 17 starts for United have come in the Premier League and he was linked with an exit throughout the window.
Both deals would be loans, though the suggestion is they may come with obligations to buy at the end of the season.
In other news
Manchester United are interested in Leicester midfielder Wilfried Ndidi, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes.
The Sun say United will make Jesse Lingard available for £15m in January if he fails to extend his stay at Old Trafford, with his contract expiring next year.
Alexandre Lacazette has no intention of signing a new deal at Arsenal, according to Football.London, with his current contract running out at the end of the season.