Peru are reportedly considering a second approach for Genoa striker Gianluca Lapadula after Paolo Guerrero’s one-year drug ban.
Peru will be without their all-time top goalscorer and captain at the World Cup next summer after Guerrero tested positive for cocaine.
Consequently, Calciomercato.com believes the South Americans’ search for a replacement could take them to Lapadula.
The 27-year-old scored a hat-trick for Italy against San Marino back in May, but the friendly was not recognised by FIFA, leaving him free to represent his motherland.
The website explains Peru had tried to convince him into accepting a call-up for two years, even sending a delegate to Pescara, where he played before joining Milan last year.
“I won’t close my doors to anyone,” Coach Ricardo Gareca said after the country’s historic qualification.
Although Lapadula’s international allegiance lies with Italy, Calciomercato believes he could be swayed by the prospect of leading La Blanquirroja’s attack in Russia, with the Azzurri missing out.