According to Il Secolo XIX newspaper, Serie A giants Juventus are hoping to secure a loan deal for Genoa midfielder Alberto Zapater.
Juve are on the verge of offloading Portuguese playmaker Tiago to Spanish outfit Atletico Madrid and Zapater is apparently seen as an ideal stop-gap to plug the hole left in the middle of the park.
Genoa President Enrico Preziosi is reportedly unconvinced about this move as the 24-year-old has impressed at the Marassi following his €4.5 million switch from Zaragoza last summer.
But the toy magnate has an excellent rapport with the Juve hierarchy and might give in if the Grifoni manage to lure Manuele Blasi to Liguria over the coming days.
Blasi is currently on loan at Palermo from Napoli, but has grown tired of his lack of playing time at the Barbera and the Partenopei are planning to use him as a bargaining chip to land Genoa left-back Francesco Modesto.
Negotiations between the two clubs are underway and could be completed once Preziosi and Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis return from their respective holidays this week.
Vince Masiello, Goal.com