Premier League clubs are reported to be keeping a close eye on Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco, and the door to a January transfer has been propped open.
Reports in Italy had suggested that the diminutive frontman was looking to remain in his homeland, with Juve’s Serie A rivals Fiorentina ready to do a deal.
With Giovinco’s current contract in Turin due to expire at the end of the season, a permanent move in January or a pre-contract agreement ahead of the summer was said to be in the pipeline.
The likes of Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton will be delighted to hear, though, that no contact has been made with the 27-year-old’s agent – with it now being suggested that a switch to foreign climes is the preferred option of a man capped on 20 occasions by his country.
Andrea D'Amico has told Tuttomercatoweb on the Fiorentina rumours: “I can say that I have never spoken with them.
“The player has a contract that ends in June with Juventus and at the moment there have been no contacts.”
Giovinco would appear to be ready-made for a spell at Goodison Park, White Hart Lane or St Mary’s.
He is a playmaker from the Lionel Messi mould, at only five foot five inches tall, but his ability on the ball is without question.
Were he to join the Premier League ranks, he would need to adjust quickly to the physical demands of the English top-flight.
Moving mid-season would be far from ideal in that respect, as he would be expected to hit the ground running, but those keen on acquiring his services may have to move quickly if they are to fend off rival interest and secure the signature of a proven international performer.