The Genoa midfielder is soon to be out of contract and Southampton may be wise to reignite their interest.
From Italy internationals to European champions, there are plenty of options available to sign pre-contracts if English teams, like Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool are a bit strapped for cash post-Christmas.
Southampton have reportedly watched the 30-year-old on several occasions this season.
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