Mario Balotelli lasted just 45 minutes as Italy bowed out of the World Cup.
The former Fulham man is eager to settle in his favoured role for club and country.
Italian source Tuttosport claim that the Serie A champions have joined the chase for the River Plate centre-back.
Unsurprisingly, Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire have elected to opt in to the last years of their contracts.
Hugo Lloris made some good saves to keep a clean sheet in France's 0-0 draw with Ecuador, which made them eventual winners of Group E.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton, Manchester City and West Brom all feature.
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia was sent off in what a highly charged 0-0 draw.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored three goals that helped secure Switzerland to second place in Group E and a last 16 tie against Argentina.
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Playing less games in the 2013-14 season has enabled the Monaco attacker to become arguably the star of the World Cup so far.