Chelsea have reportedly re-entered the race to sign Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, who is also a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Chelsea failed with several bids to sign the 26-year-old last summer, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy insisting the Croatia international would not be sold "at any price" after rejecting a £40million bid from Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have continued to monitor the 26-year-old since last summer, and according to the Mail on Sunday, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to make a late move for the Croatia international in a bid to hijack a move to Real Madrid.
Madrid are yet to agree a fee with Tottenham for Modric, but on Saturday, the Daily Mirror citing sources close to the midfielder claimed personal terms on a four-year deal with Jose Mourinho's side have already been agreed.
"Everything has been resolved satisfactorily," the source was quoted as saying.
"Luka and Madrid agree on everything. The only problem is the position of Tottenham, which has made things a little more difficult.
"But everything will be solved. And, more importantly, it will be resolved quickly."
Last summer, Modric had hit out at Levy for blocking a move to Stamford Bridge and insisted he was able to leave White Hart Lane if a bigger club came in for him - something the Spurs supremo later denied.
It is believed the player would prefer a move to Spain, but whether Madrid can afford to meet Tottenham's asking price remains to be seen.
New Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is already searching for a replacement for Modric, with Porto's Joao Moutinho - also a target for Manchester United - on his radar.
In the next week, AVB is expected to complete the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor in a deal which may well lead to Manchester City launching a bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie.