Premier League rivals Tottenham and Liverpool are monitoring the situation of Inter Milan star Nicolo Barella, according to reports.
With goals drying out among the Liverpool team in recent times, Jurgen Klopp's side are eyeing a young creator while Tottenham are looking for more magic in midfield with talisman Harry Kane proving to be their biggest playmaker at present.
And according to the Guardian, Spurs are interested in 23-year-old Barella after running the show in the heart of midfield for Antonio Conte's side, providing plenty of brilliant assists.
However, Jose Mourinho's side face competition from reigning champions Liverpool for his signature - with the club's scouts believed to be keeping a close eye on things.
But it will be a tough pursuit for both Tottenham and Liverpool, with Inter set to demand a big transfer fee for their young star.
Barella's contract at the San Siro expires in the summer of 2024, so the Serie A title contenders won't let him go cheaply.
If both clubs do follow up on their interest, a move in the summer would appear more likely than in the January market.
Following his initial loan move to Inter from Cagliari in 2019 prior to signing permanently, Barella has notched 16 assists and scored six times in 66 appearances.
Barella has been an ever-present in Inter's midfield this season, featuring in all 18 Serie A matches.
The 23-year-old has so far laid on six assists this season while getting on the scoresheet twice for Conte's title-chasing side.
Inter currently sit three points behind arch rivals AC Milan at the top of Serie A despite a tough start to the campaign.
Barella will be hoping to prove his worth once again for Inter when they travel to Udinese on Saturday evening in Serie A.