Mirko Vucinic is a player who has, perhaps against all odds or logic, been regularly linked with Manchester United this summer.
First touted in April as part of a swap deal for Nani, reports over the weekend claimed the club were stepping up their pursuit of the Montenegrin forward.
"According to the Corriere dello Sport, Manchester United are prepared to meet the €15m – approximately £13m – price-tag set by Juventus for Vucinic," reported Football Italia.
How much United need the versatile 29-year-old forward, who can play out wide as part of a 4-3-3, is another issue.
There is the possibility Juventus are trying to ramp up interest in the player who was their top scorer in Serie A last season, with 10 goals in 27 starts and six assists, as they try to raise funds for new targets.
But all the talk appears to be getting to Vucinic, who is clearly unsettled personally by all the talk, emotions which reared their head over the weekend.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that the player was involved in an ugly confrontation during a pre-season training session on Sunday.
Vucinic ill-advisedly decided to respond to insults from a fan watching on, by stopping his training midway through to angrily march over and confront his cat-caller.
Only a fence separating players and fans saved the confrontation getting physical, with four members of Juventus staff needed to restrain Vucinic.
The melee saw training stopped for around 10 minutes for the forward to calm down until resuming. When the session finished, he went over to apologise for his hot-headedness, and sign autographs for fans.
But the incident clearly did not go unnoticed, with Gazzetta leading prominently with it on their website and asking if the reaction was nervous energy expressing itself in response to ongoing rumours of a sale.
Whether United pursue their supposed interest is likely to be unrelated to the incident, but if they do sign him, fans should bear in mind there could be fireworks off the pitch from him as well as on.
United fans what do you make of the Vucinic talk? Hot air or genuine interest?
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