While some may question the possibility of Man United signing Chelsea star Mason Mount, they may be unaware of the players who have walked the road before him.
It was confirmed on Wednesday morning that the Red Devils had marked England international Mount as one of their top summer transfer priorities.
Erik ten Hag’s side are likely to face competition from other Premier League teams, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal heavily linked with the midfielder.
However, Man United’s search for Mount may be fueled by the healthy relationship that exists between the two clubs, having gone into business many times before.
And so here Mail Sport outlines the players who previously made the move from Stamford Bridge to Old Trafford.
Manchester United prepare to launch £55m bid for Chelsea star Mason Mount
The late Ray Wilkins will always be remembered as one of England’s greatest footballers and one of the first to move from Chelsea to Manchester United.
Wilkins, who passed away at the age of 68 in April 2018, had worked with his boyhood club Chelsea during the 1970s after initially joining as a trainee.
At 18, the midfielder was named club captain and helped the Blues to promotion to the First Division with his stellar performances.
He managed to score 30 goals in 179 appearances for the West London side before leaving to join Manchester United in 1979.
Wilkins joined the Red Devils for £825,000, which was the most Chelsea had received for a single player at the time.
In his five years at the club, he would score 10 goals in all competitions and garner accolades as the fan-voted player of the year in 1984.
Eventually, his performances for United garnered attention from across Europe and it wasn’t long before the Italian giants successfully launched a £1.5m bid for Wilkins.
Seasons at Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, Rangers, Hibernian and more saw Wilkins end a tremendous career in 1997.
Ray Wilkins was named Chelsea captain at 18 before leaving for Man United four years later.
After Wilkins came Mata. The Spanish playmaker made his name in Spain, Valencia to be precise, before finally moving to Stamford Bridge in 2011.
The £23.5m signing lived up to expectations immediately, after registering six goals and 13 assists in his first Premier League campaign.
In total, Mata would add 32 goals and 58 assists in his 135 games with the Blues. He too would go on to claim a Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup during that period.
Despite winning back-to-back player of the year awards at Chelsea, his time in west London would come to an end during the winter transfer window in 2014.
Newly appointed Chelsea boss José Mourinho was not a fan of the Spaniard and promptly sent him to Old Trafford, after the Red Devils offered £37.1m.
The attacking playmaker would spend nine years with United, initially starting out as a key player before his appearances dwindled in later years.
In his 285 appearances for the Red Devils, he would score 51 goals and grab 47 assists while winning the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup along the way.
He ended his time at Manchester during the last summer transfer window and has been plying his trade in Turkey with Super Lig side Galatasaray ever since.
Juan Mata played 12 seasons in England before leaving for Turkey in the summer
Unless Mason Mount completes a move to Old Trafford, the third and final player to have made that move is Serbian midfield maestro Nemanja Matic.
The defensive midfielder had an interesting path to west London, after initially joining from Košice for a fee of around £1.5m in 2009.
He made just two appearances in that spell at the club before leaving for Portuguese side Benfica just two years later, where he shone.
His performances in Portugal led to suggestions that Chelsea should never have parted ways with him and, three years after selling him, re-signed him for £21m.
He proved to be a crucial player for the Blues during his four-year tenure there, where he helped the club win two Premier League trophies and an FA Cup.
In 2017, Man United saw Matic as one of their number one priorities and quickly launched a £40m bid for the midfielder, which was successful.
Despite spending one more year at United than at Chelsea, the Serb left Old Trafford without a trophy to his name.
He moved to Italian Roma in the recent summer window, where he joined José Mourinho for the third time in his professional career.
Nemanja Matic (left) has played with José Mourinho (centre) at Chelsea, Manchester United and now Roma
PLAYERS WHO WENT FROM UNITED TO CHELSEA
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