Tottenham target’s Juventus talks not progressing

Sebastian Giovinco's future is still undecided and the chances of the diminutive forward leaving Juventus seem to be increasing.

At the moment Sebastian Giovinco is in the Italy squad but he's struggling to get a game for Juventus, prompting suggestions he'll soon be on his way.

The man nicknamed 'The Atomic Ant' grew up in Juventus's youth ranks and was seen as one of Italy's brightest prospects, but his career has stalled over the last couple of seasons.

Now 27, Giovinco needs to find regular first-team football and that still seems unlikely to happen at Juventus. 

Somewhat oddly, Antonio Conte, the man who relegated him to the bench at Juventus last season, has now drafted Giovinco into the Italy squad, but new Juve coach Max Allegri still doesn't see him as a regular starter.

Giovinco's contract expires next summer and it looks like he may be allowed to leave because talks have progressed slowly.

According to Tuttosport, Giovinco is demanding assurances of more playing time but is being faced with the prospect of a pay cut if he is to sign a new deal.

The indignity of a cut in salary plus the fact he is unlikely to receive any guarantees on game time mean Giovinco may well be ready to quit the club in January, meaning that Juve can get a fee.

Tottenham and Arsenal are said to be lurking and could finally pounce, possibly securing a real bargain as Juventus have very little bargaining power given the player will become a free agent in a matter of months.

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