Former Palermo sporting director Giorgio Perinetti has revealed to reporters that star centre-back Ezequiel Munoz will walk away from the club for free at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old defender’s contract expires this summer and his recent performances have attracted the interest of a number of top European clubs.
However, if the trio show a little patience they may not need to part with a single penny in the form of a transfer fee as it has been revealed that Munoz will leave Palermo next summer regardless.
“I met Munoz's agent three times and offered pay rises higher that our usual to test the waters, but nothing came of it and the player will leave Palermo at the end of the year," Giorgio Perinetti told Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.
Perinetti’s comments, if true, put Palermo in a difficult spot although their safe Serie A position of 10th place could suggest that they may opt to sell the player now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.
Munoz has started 11 Serie A matches this season, averaging an impressive 2.9 tackles and 6.3 effective clearances per match.
Spurs and their East London rivals the Hammers both strengthened their defence during the summer and their respective bosses may not see their central defence as an area in need of urgent repair in January.
Everton, however, have shipped a number of goals this season and their goals conceded column is up there with the very worst in the Premier League.
Roberto Martinez needs to sort something out during the January transfer window and signing Munoz now for a smaller fee could prove to be an astute decision.