John Terry is wanted by Andre Villas-Boas for a reunion in China.
Chelsea captain Terry is in the sights of Super League club Shanghai SIPG, where his former Blues boss Villas-Boas replaced ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson earlier this month.
SIPG are keen to move for 35-year-old Terry – who played under AVB for most of the 2011-12 season – when the January transfer window opens.
But they could be made to wait until the end of the season if the Londoners’ legendary skipper chooses to see out the remaining months of his contract chasing the fifth Premier League title of his career.
Terry rejected a £12million-a-year deal over two years from Shanghai – along with several other Chinese and Middle Eastern clubs – before signing his new 12-month contract in May.
That deal was heavily appearance-based, with a much lower basic salary, and Terry has lost his place under new manager Antonio Conte, whose three-man defensive system adopted in recent weeks has vaulted the Blues into title contention.
It was believed Villas-Boas fell out with several senior players, including Terry, at before being sacked after just nine months in charge of Chelsea in March 2012.