Blackpool winger Tom Ince is one of the most sought after youngsters playing in the Championship and he had a wide range of suitors during the last transfer window.
That interest, however, all came from top-flight English teams and amounted to nothing as the clock ticked down.
Now, after a strong start to the season, hefty Serie A sides Juventus and Napoli, who are 11/17 and 7/2 shots to win the league respectively, have registered an interest and could prise the winger away from his manager/father come January.
Ince’s expiring contract
The reason for the coupled Italian interest is that Ince’s contract is up this coming summer.
When January rolls around he’ll be free to discuss deals with other clubs and should he decide to commit to one, would leave Blackpool with just compensation to claim.
FIFA rules stipulate that Ince would be able to fly the nest for a knockdown fee should he chose a foreign side as his next destination and Juve or Napoli could pick him up for as little as £335,000.
He’s Blackpool’s most potent goal threat
Ince had a breakthrough season in terms of goals last term, where he led Blackpool with 18 strikes and was the seventh-highest scorer in the division, all while playing out wide. He’s continued in the same vein this time around.
Once again Ince’s teammates are being shown where the goal is, and the former target of Tottenham and Liverpool has four goals in seven league appearances.
While it’s questionable whether he would be so free-scoring in the considerable step up that is Serie A, proof remains that he’s quite capable.
Blackpool don’t have a more frequent assister either
Winger Ince’s goals are a bonus, however his primary focus should be to lay on opportunities for his striking comrades, something he clearly excelled at last season.
No Championship player had more assists during 2012/13 than Ince and his 14 gifts equated to around 22% of Blackpool’s season total.
If either Italian side can tempt him away from England, they’d have an absolute bargain on their hands.