Alessio Cerci shows no signs of slowing down as the World Cup approaches and his list of suitors grows.
The 26-year-old had been called ‘Henry from Valmontone’ - a reference to living legend Thierry Henry and the Roman suburb from which he hails - before even stepping onto the pitch in a top flight match.
During his time at Torino he’s vanquished the disappointment of not having lived up to such lofty standards in his younger years, becoming a wanted man and giving Italy boss Cesare Prandelli real cause to bring him to Brazil in the coming summer.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Juventus and Milan have all been heavily linked with moves for his signature - a report in Tuttosport on Monday setting his price-tag at between €16m and €18m.
And on Monday against Hellas Verona Cerci only added more value to his stock, striking a scorching first-time winner and setting up Omar El Kaddouri for the clinching third in a 3-1 victory at the Stadio Bentegodi.
The goal represents the Italy international’s eleventh of the campaign - a career high - placing him just behind the likes of Carlos Tevez and Gonzalo Higuain on the Serie A scoring charts, whilst his assist for the Moroccan sees him top provider in the league with eight.
Such exploits came in a crucial fixture for his side as well - drawing Torino level with Verona in the standings and pulling the side to within three points of fifth place, which would bring qualification to the Europa League.
The interested clubs will have taken notice and should only be increasingly impressed with the wanted man.
Cerci will have yet another chance to catch the attention of his admirers at the weekend in a high-profile setting - the Derby della Mole against fierce rivals Juventus, a fixture Torino haven’t won since April 1995.
Being a part of history could go a long way for his future - that is, as if he hasn’t done enough this term already to become a target for a myriad of sides around Europe.
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