Juventus and Inter in broil and battle for Gokhan Inler of Udinese.
Inter were close to landing the Swiss international on the final day of the transfer season, but their efforts were given scant attention by Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo, who resisted offers.
However, his club will come under another transfer assault in January, and to make matters worse, Juventus have joined the Nerazzurri in the race to land Inler.
The Old Lady are expected to let Mohammed Sissoko leave for Wolfsburg, and Luigi Del Neri has identified Inler as a good replacement.
That transfer could generate around €10 million which will then be used to attract Inler.
Riccardo Montolivo and Angelo Palombo are also on Juve's hitlist. But they face hostility with Inter, who are still keen on landing Inler after they failed to sign a top midfielder in the summer.