Torino will this summer consider selling versatile full-back Matteo Darmian if any interested party makes a ‘crazy offer’ for his services.
Having consistently impressed over the previous two seasons, this revelation is likely to be considered good news by a host of elite outfits across the continent, none more so than long-term admirers Arsenal.
But is the prospect of procuring one of the hottest defensive properties in Europe one that should tantalise or terrify Gunners fans?
The emergence of Hector Bellerin this season has reduced the club’s need to invest in cover for incumbent right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has endured an injury-hit campaign to date.
Once back at optimum fitness, his regular inclusion will be akin to having a new player on board, while another young Arsenal right-back, Carl Jenkinson, has enjoyed an excellent season on loan at West Ham.
Three strong starboard-side defenders is probably too many, adding Darmian to the mix would unquestionably be a waste of resources.
But this aside, the real danger in spending big money on the Italian international is the record of his former teammates when extracted from the Torino infrastructure in which they flourished.
Turin’s second side are on course for successive top-half finishes in Serie A this season after reaching the Europa League last 16.
As is often the case with an overachieving outfit, their prized assets become of interest to bigger clubs with fatter wallets.
This has not only been the case with Darmian, but also with last season’s attacking stars Alessio Cerci and Ciro Immobile.
The latter notched 22 Serie A goals last time around and was subsequently signed by Borussia Dortmund to replace Robert Lewandowski for £15.5m.
His return in the Bundesliga has been far less impressive than the one he managed in the kingdom of calcio, with just three strikes recorded in his maiden season in Germany.
Cerci was head of the supply line to Immobile in 2013/14, while he also weighed in with 13 goals of his own.
He was another thought to be on Arsenal’s radar, but he eventually moved to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
Six appearances for Los Colchoneros was all he could muster before being loaned back to his homeland with AC Milan.
The fortunes of these two much-hyped Torino men when removed from the security of their Granata safe haven should act as sufficient warning for any team ready to put a dent in their transfer budget to buy Darmian, who is 5/1 to sign for Arsenal this summer.