If Simon Johnson of the London Evening Standard is to be believed, "[Chelsea] have made (Jose) Mourinho their new first-choice target to take charge next season after Pep Guardiola snubbed them in favour of a switch to Bayern Munich last month."
The Portuguese coach has a glittering history with Chelsea, of course, having won back-to-back Premier League titles during his three years at Stamford Bridge, alongside the FA Cup and League Cup.
Now Real Madrid manager, his time at the Bernabeu appears to have soured, and with Chelsea in need of a new manager come the summer, they seem the perfect match.
But while a return to west London sounds appealing on the surface, the Portuguese would be met with the challenge of rebuilding a club in need of surgery. That is not to say the Blues lack a talented squad, but they do require better balance.
So, at the risk of counting our chickens a little too early, Bleacher Report looks at four players the self-proclaimed "Special One" would target were he to return to Chelsea.