Real Madrid have joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the hunt to sign Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic in January.
Competition for the highly-rated midfielder is starting to simmer after the Serbian international hinted that he may leave Portugal.
Carlo Ancelotti suffered a huge blow last Friday after it was revealed that defensive midfielder Sami Khedira will be out for the season after suffering a serious knee injury.
According to talkSPORT, that has sparked a serious interest in Matic as a replacement for the German international.
However they may face stiff competition from Premier League duo United and Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho is aiming to bring the powerful defender back to Stamford Bridge where he once played before moving to Benfica.
The 25-year-old was in part of a deal that saw David Luiz move in the opposite direction but some consistent performances has seen the Portuguese boss keen on a reunion.