Manchester United are reported to have initiated talks to pursue the services of Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The Brazil international recently returned to the starting lineup for the Blues after an extended period on the sidelines with poor form and injury.
According to Mirror, the Red Devils have opened transfer talks over the availability of £120,000-a-week defender during the January transfer window with Jose Mourinho possibly looking into a replacement for Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence.
However, their approach has been thwarted by the west London giants, who are reluctant to offload the central defender to a direct league rival, including Arsenal, who are also looking for defensive reinforcements.
Nemanja Matic has excelled since his switch from Stamford Bridge in the summer, and it is suggested that the Premier League holders are cautious about discussing any further deals as it could go against them.
United are currently stalked with options in central defence with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Daley Blind capable of playing in the position, and there is not much need for a fresh recruit.
Should the communication indeed be true, a deal does not look like happening between the sides, mainly due to the war of words between both managers which has intensified since the turn of the year.