Didier Drogba seems to be closing in on a contract at Juventus, but Chelsea could still step in and take him, according to the Italian press.
After a generally successful spell at Turkish side Galatasaray, Drogba is keen to find a new club despite being offered the chance to stay in Istanbul.
At the age of 36, any new employer may represent the Ivorian's last hurrah as a player and while many clubs have been linked to him, Juventus appear to be the first to open negotiations.
It has been suggested that coach Antonio Conte has reservations about signing a player of Drogba's age, but according to Tuttosport a deal is progressing as Juventus directors feel Drogba would be a useful asset in Europe.
However, the Turin-based newspaper warns that Chelsea could still derail the transfer should manager Jose Mourinho show an interest in bringing Drogba back to the club where he is a legend.
Drogba spent eight years with Chelsea between 2004 and 2012 and won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.
It is believed that if Chelsea were to come calling, a return would be Drogba's ideal option and Tuttosport also insists that the Stamford Bridge outfit would be able to offer much better financial terms.
Juventus appear to have proposed a deal of around £2.8m for one season with the potential to add an extra year.
Drogba will decide his future before the World Cup starts and much will depend on whether Mourinho believes he could be useful next season.