Juventus are reportedly the favourites to sign Antonio Cassano even though the club has distanced itself from the Sampdoria playmaker.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims Gigi Del Neri and Beppe Marotta are keeping a close eye on his situation despite insisting publicly that he is incompatible with Juventus' project.
They worked with Cassano at Sampdoria and both have an intimate knowledge of his strengths and weaknesses.
The pink paper understands that Juventus believe Cassano's arrival in January could be just the kind of boost that makes the difference in the title race.
However, they are both being coy at the moment, partly because the 28-year-old's future is still in doubt.
The court of arbitration is due to give a decision on Sampdoria's request that Cassano's contract be rescinded this coming Friday.
It's still not remotely clear whether Sampdoria's reasons will be considered strong enough to advocate Cassano's dismissal.
The Italy international has been frozen out of Sampdoria's team for a month after a high profile falling out with Riccardo Garrone, the club's President.