Juventus have reportedly contacted Genoa about Krzysztof Piatek, Serie A's latest attacking sensation said to be of interest to Inter Milan, AC Milan and teams from the Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia), the Polish ace is already valued at more than €20 million, even though the Grifone paid just €4 million for his services this summer.
The 23-year-old moved from Cracovia to Genoa in the summer after scoring at an impressive rate in his native Poland and he has started the 2018-19 campaign in blistering form. Piatek has six goals in five Serie A matches, scoring in every single start.
He also bagged four in a Coppa Italia contest against Lecce and became the first player in any of Europe's top leagues to reach the double-digit goal mark.
As shared by OptaPaolo, his hot start in Serie A is of historic proportions:
Football writer Paolo Bandini believes his immense output is down to more than just luck or a hot streak:
Piatek doesn't have overpowering size or world-class technical ability. Instead, he does his damage with excellent positional awareness, timing and athleticism. He always appears to be in the right position, has enough technical ability to create chances for himself and is a big weapon on set pieces and in the aerial battles.
His last goal in the win over Chievo showed he's far more than a poacher:
Piatek's wouldn't be the first player to make headlines and invite transfer chatter after a hot spell, only to fade later in the season.
In January, Juventus were believed to be on the verge of signing North Korean striker Han Kwang-Song, with his agent saying negotiations would continue in an interview with TuttoJuve (via Football Italia). The 20-year-old has done little to stand out since, with Cagliari sending him back out on loan after he failed to score in the second half of the season.
If Piatek keeps scoring, the likes of Juventus and Milan may well push their chips forward in January. For now, they'll likely keep a close eye on Serie A's top scorer and see if this is more than just a hot start.