Jose Mourinho managed to get Nemanja Matic to Manchester United from former club Chelsea, and reports now have it that he will go back again in a bid to bring Willian to Old Trafford.
The Brazilian has fallen down the pecking order since Antonio Conte’s arrival at Stamford Bridge, stuck behind Pedro when the Italian deploys a 3-4-3 and even less likely to play in the 3-5-2.
And the Blues are thought to be plotting a move for Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura, which could force Willian out.
Selecao boss Tite is yet to completely decide on Philippe Coutinho as a starter, which could leave the door open to Willian, who is currently the first reserve, to jump ahead of the Liverpool star for Russia 2018.
A lack of first-team football with the champions might force him to consider a move in January in order to remain in contention for a starting role at the World Cup.