Sebastian Giovinco could yet complete a move to the Premier League, with reports suggesting that North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are both expected to rekindle their summer interest in the Juventus playmaker when the transfer window re-opens for business in the new year.
This is according to latest reports from Italian publication Tuttosport cited by talkSPORT, which further suggest that Serie A champions Juve have had a change of heart with regard to the 27-year-old's future and would now be willing to allow him to depart Turin after previously appearing eager to resist interest in his services.
Lack of first-team football
Italian international Giovinco - who has previously earned 17 senior caps for his country but unfortunately did not merit inclusion in the Azzurri's 25-man squad for the recent World Cup in Brazil - has not played a single minute so far this season for Juventus and was an unused substitute during the victories over Chievo and Udinese.
Indeed, the former Parma loanee - a graduate of the Old Lady's youth system - made just 11 starts during Antonio Conte's final campaign in charge at the club and is presumably eager to secure more regular first-team football elsewhere despite having collected consecutive league winner's medals with his current employers.
Quite what fee Juventus would be willing to accept for Giovinco at this stage is unclear, as are the player's potential wage demands.
His notable versatility and ability to play in a variety of different attacking positions is perhaps what has attracted such admiring glances from Arsenal and Tottenham, with both clubs' lack of depth in the final third having been repeatedly highlighted before last week's transfer deadline.
Arsenal - who will be without Olivier Giroud until January after the French striker sustained a foot injury in the 2-2 draw with Everton last month and have also lost the services of compatriot Yaya Sanogo for tomorrow night's Champions League Group D opener away to Borussia Dortmund - moved to remedy this issue with the signing of Danny Welbeck in a £16 million deal from Manchester United.
Tottenham, meanwhile, remain notably short on quality up front, with only expensive flop Roberto Soldado and young Harry Kane to provide the necessary cover for the notoriously inconsistent Emmanuel Adebayor at White Hart Lane.