Former sporting director Giorgio Perinetti expressed doubt that Torino will be able to keep hold of influential duo Kamil Glik and Matteo Darmian in an interview with Tuttosport.
The Granata have been flying high over the better part of the last two seasons, and in no small part due to the contributions of their Polish and Italian defenders.
Giampiero Ventura’s side just barely missed out on passage to the Europa League quarter-finals last month, and are in the hunt for Europe once again in Serie A.
Toro have achieved this despite being deprived of two major stars – Ciro Immobile and Alessio Cerci – in the summer. Instead of dazzling attacking play, it’s staunch defending that has seen the historic club succeed.
Glik and Darmian have been at the centre of this shift in dynamic, the former cutting a bruising figure in the middle of a three-man back line with the latter providing a two-way presence at wing-back.
Just like with Immobile and Cerci before them, however, the exceptional performance of the Poland and Italy internationals has attracted admiring glances from abroad.
Glik was recently linked with Tottenham by The Sun, a report that even sparked a Twitter campaign from Torino supporters to keep their beloved captain in Turin.
Chelsea, meanwhile, were named as part of a list published by Rai Sport in early March detailing an extensive list of suitors for the versatile Darmian.
Torino are certainly no pushovers on the transfer market, having netted over €30 million from selling their former strike force ahead of the current campaign.
That said, it will certainly be difficult for the Granata to resist significant offers for their two star men, a sentiment shared by former Roma and Napoli sporting director Perinetti.
Perinetti told Tuttosport: “Keeping the strongest players would be the first step towards aiming high [for Torino].
“[Glik] embodies the values and image of Torino, those that we know and have been told of. It will not be easy to keep players like him and Darmian who have admirers abroad.”
Torino have already shown an ability to rebound from losing essential influencers, though both Glik and Darmian have been at the Stadio Olimpico since 2011, forming a strong base.
How much the Granata will demand for Tottenham and Chelsea to land their respective targets remains to be seen, but neither would come cheap for the London-based pair.
President Urbano Cairo is an operator who knows how to get value out of his assets, and Spurs and Chelsea will need to write significant cheques to call them their own, even if Torino know full well they’ll be under heavy pressure to sell.