Chelsea face a fight in their pursuit of Milos Krasic, with Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti claiming that he would be interested in taking a winger for a loan spell.
Krasic was the subject of a great deal of transfer speculation from numerous European clubs while he was at CSKA Moscow, but the Serbia international chose to move to Juventus in 2010 to further his career.
But his time at Juventus has been lacklustre, and the front man is now once more the subject of a great deal of transfer rumours.
Chelsea were believed by numerous sources to be targeting Krasic in January, but no bids materialised.
And despite Krasic's agent claiming last month that he wouldn't return to Russia, Spalletti believes that he might take the player on a loan spell if Juventus are unable to find a suitor for the start in the summer.
"If he was to come on loan we would talk about it," he told calciomercato.it of a possible deal.
"We're not willing to buy. He's a good player, he already knows the Russian league, and it would help me out as I would need players ready, without needing time to be introduced to this style of football."
Chelsea were said by Krasic's agent to be one of many interested clubs in the 27 year old in January, but he admitted that no concrete offers had been made just yet.
"In this moment Milos wants to stay at Juventus," Valado Borozan told calcioercatio.it.
"There is no need to work on Krasic - we have to wait and see what will happen.
"Milos is appreciated everywhere, so we'll see which side will come forward between now and June. He is under contract and so far there has not been a need to start talking to other clubs.
"Chelsea? They are interested in the player and they are one of the clubs he likes."