Spanish newspaper Marca claims Real Madrid and Barcelona will battle for Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
This has already been his most prolific campaign with nine goals in 21 games between Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Barcelona had long been linked with the Bosnia international, but now Real Madrid are also getting in on the race.
According to Marca, a bidding war could even break out during the January transfer window, aiming to take advantage of uncertainty at Roma.
It still remains to be seen whether Coach Rudi Garcia will be fired or kept on at the club.
Roma will face Real Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.