For some time now, the sun has appeared to be setting on Sebastian Giovinco’s Juventus career.
Ever since returning to his hometown club in the summer of 2012 on the back of a brilliant campaign with Parma, the diminutive forward has struggled.
Giovinco lit up Serie A with 15 goals and 11 assists in his final season with the Ducali. But back in Turin he’s tallied just nine league goals and one assist in just over two years.
After making just six starts last term the 27-year-old was widely expected to leave the Old Lady over the summer – yet he stayed, and the situation has failed to improve.
Giovinco remains mired behind Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Morata in the pecking order up front as his current contract is set to expire next summer.
Arsenal have long been linked with the versatile attacker, with his current malaise at Juventus leading to reports of a possible free transfer to the Emirates for next season.
Another option mooted has been a swap deal that would see Lukas Podolski join the Old Lady in January with Giovinco going the other way.
But according to agent Claudio Pasqualin, there has been no contact with Arsenal and Giovinco’s priority at the moment is to renew with his current employers.
Pasqualin told Tutto Mercato Web: “Giovinco to Arsenal on a free transfer? We have not contacted anyone and we have not been contacted by anyone.
“We look forward to meeting with Juventus to renew the contract, we do not hurry and do not know how long, but we await it.
“Our desire to renews has been confirmed, we felt and we feel, but we should not make everything public.
“I want to emphasise that we are in contact with Juventus, and there will be a case when we meet physically for the renewal.”
Pasqualin’s words represent a departure from those of another of Giovinco’s agents a few weeks ago, when Andrea D’Amico said there had been no contact with Juventus.
It remains to be seen what the Bianconeri will be willing to offer Giovinco, who is in the top ten highest-paid players at the club despite playing just 90 minutes of football to date.
Arsenal may get their chance to pounce if fresh terms can’t be agreed, though for the time being it seems remaining with his childhood club is Giovinco’s foremost objective.