Bayer Leverkusen are considering a swoop for Michael Ballack following his release by Chelsea, director of sport Rudi Voller has revealed.
Ballack will be on the lookout for a new club this summer after the Blues confirmed earlier this week that he would not be offered a new deal.
Having spent four years at Stamford Bridge, the midfielder may decide that now is the time for him to return to Germany.
Ballack played for Leverkusen earlier in his career and Voller feels there is a chance he might wish to come back to the club.
"I don't want to make it a secret - when a player like Michael Ballack with his history with us, is on the market, then we think about him," said Voller.
"Michael had a great time here and we have remained in contact over the years.
"We are relaxed about it all, but Michael Ballack is an issue we are dealing with, particularly since he would like to return to Germany."
Out of reach
Leverkusen business manager Wolfgang Holzhauser conceded on Thursday that Ballack's wage demands would make such a transfer difficult, but Voller hopes the player would be willing to compromise.
"Normally a player like Michael is out of reach for us," Voller said in the Express newspaper.
"A transfer would only be possible if the player accepted a pay cut."