Manchester United are ready to turn to out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, according to reports on Tuesday.
The Sun claims United boss Jose Mourinho is keen to be reunited with the Nigerian Midfielder, who is yet to play under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.
The midfielder, who almost joined United before switching to Chelsea 10 years ago, is out of contract at the end of the season and will be allowed to leave the Blues for a cut-price fee in January.
Mikel had just turned 19 when the Old Trafford outfit announced on their website that they had signed the teenager on a four-year contract from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo.
The £4million transfer was done directly with the player and his club – bypassing his agents and he was even pictured in a United shirt.
But Chelsea angrily claimed they had an agreement with the agents to buy him.
Things turned nasty when it was reported Obi started to get threatening phone calls and ended up having to take refuge in a safe hotel with a security guard.
He then went missing from Lyn amid stories he had been kidnapped.
The Nigerian midfielder had actually travelled to London where he went on Sky Sports TV to claim that he had been pressured into signing for United, something they denied, and he wanted to join the Blues.
The matter was resolved when Chelsea paid United £12m and Lyn £4m.
But all seems forgiven now as United attempt to sign the player 10 years on.
Mourinho reportedly believes Mikel can play alongside Paul Pogba and give the £89.3m man the freedom to roam.