Jose Mourinho is pondering over a shock move for Lassana Diarra in January, and the interesting part is Schneiderlin could find himself used in a swap deal, according to Foot Mercato.
The Marseille midfielder came through the ranks at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, and played for him once again at Real Madrid.
But he has been off the radar since he parted ways with the La Liga giants in 2012, when he snapped up a big money deal with Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
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What followed was a troubled spell at Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was eventually released in 2014 for refusing to train, and was subsequently slapped with a fine of £8.5m by Fifa for breach of contract.
Diarra would not be an option to be slotted straight into the first eleven, but would likely be happier warming the bench than Morgan Schneiderlin, who is all set to join either West Brom or Everton this month.
Diarra could even be a part of a swap deal, as Schneiderlin is surprisingly being chased by Marseille in recent weeks.
Schneiderlin, the £25m signing from Southampton, has fallen out of favour this term, playing as little as 11 minutes of Premier League football.
Diarra was brought in by Mourinho for Chelsea from Le Havre back in 2005, and played 13 matches before making a switch to Arsenal in 2007. But some of his best football came with Portsmouth, where he was a key member of Harry Redknapp’s squad who lifted the FA Cup in 2008.
That achievement in turn earned him a stunning move to Real Madrid, where he was able to impress a succession of managers enough to play 87 matches.