Juventus are eager to step up their attempts to extend Andrea Pirlo's contract at the Old Lady, amid reports that the 2006 World Cup winner could move on in the near future.
The 34-year-old has just seven months remaining on his current deal in Turin, but has opened the door to a move outside of Italy, saying "I'm not ruling anything out."
ESPN FC's Italian correspondent Ben Gladwell recently reported that Pirlo had delayed any contract talks until next spring, intensifying rumours that the maestro is open to the prospect of moving on once again:
It's got nothing to do with figures and I've never demanded a guaranteed place in the team either. All I've said is that I want to carry on playing because I'm enjoying it and I feel good. I still want to play regularly and at a certain level.
If it's at Juventus or another club, we'll see. Certainly I'm not ruling anything out. I don't yet know how talks over my contract will go. We've got the whole season still to come and there's still time to talk about it.
Tottenham are one of those clubs alleged to be interested in adding Pirlo to their midfield ranks, with Sky Sport24's Fabrizio Romano saying that Spurs are keen on his signature:
Juve will be all too aware of the danger posed if they were to let the veteran leave on a free, having nabbed Pirlo for nothing in 2011 when his contract with AC Milan expired.
Would Pirlo be a good investment for Spurs?
Since then, the player has gone on to become a favourite for the Bianconeri. His talents have helped lift the club to two consecutive Serie A titles, back-to-back Italian Supercups, as well as a Coppa Italia final.
Daniel Levy has built a reputation on being a savvy customer, not to mention seller, when it comes to transfer business. Signing Pirlo as a free transfer would be another fine capture for Spurs.
As Pirlo suggests, however, any talks of a new contract won't become relevant until 2014, but speculation should heat up in January, with clubs then permitted to talk to the player regarding a move.