Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur face an increasingly short timeframe to turn their long-term pursuit of Mirko Vucinic into a concrete bid, after La Liga giants Valencia offered Juventus a cheeky £2.8m for the Montenegro hitman in an attempt to gazump the Premier League rivals.
Vucinic is deemed surplus to requirements at Juve after falling down the pecking order behind Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente last season, scoring just two goals and very nearly completing a January switch to Inter Milan in exchange for Fredy Guardin.
The 30-year-old was the subject of a loan offer from Arsenal in January but the Gunners have not followed up that interest with a summer bid, allowing Valencia to enter the race and attempt to persuade Juve they will be best served getting a peripheral figure off their wage bill in a cut-price deal, according to the Express.
Valencia's offer is likely to hit a brick wall even if Juve accept that lower offer though, with the striker unwilling to lower his current salary of approximately £2.4m-a-season in search of a new team.
Juve also value their misfiring forward at considerably more than Valencia's tentative bid too, but are willing to let the ex-Roma man leave for a fee of £6.5m.
That means Arsenal and Spurs are very much in the driving seat as they search for quality strike cover.
Arsenal in particular are attempting to make sure lone central front man Olivier Giroud has adequate support next season, in order to ease the pressure on the French forward and ensure Arsene Wenger has the best chance possible of sustaining a title challenge next season.
Spurs meanwhile are still looking to formulate a new transfer policy under Mauricio Pochettino, but club scouts have watched Vucinic with interest in the recent past and have the budget to lure a proven European striker to White Hart Lane ahead of their North London neighbours if the new coach gives the green light.