Juventus could make an attempt to sign Carlos Tevez in January but the Italian club insist they are not currently in negotiations with the wantaway Manchester City striker.
The Argentine on Wednesday returned to England having spent time in his home country during a two-week club suspension for allegedly refusing to play against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Tevez's ban was the latest twist in a saga which has developed into an internal investigation at the Etihad Stadium, where he has been stripped of the captaincy in the wake of two transfer requests.
The former West Ham and Manchester United forward, who had captained City to the 2010/11 FA Cup, first asked to leave last December under the justification of family reasons before eight months later reissuing the demand.
Corinthians and Inter Milan both made enquiries in the summer, while Juventus also emerged as a possible destination and the club's general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, has not ruled out the interest.
"It's normal to talk about players when it comes to Juventus," said Marotta to Gazzetta dello Sport. "But we have not started negotiations to sign Tevez.
"We have a squad that meets our needs and we will evaluate week by week if we are lacking something. We are not the ones to discover Tevez.
"He is a great player and we are a great club so it's normal that there is a link. But to say that we are negotiating is a different matter."
Under the insurance of the fact Tevez's contract does not expire until 2014, City have been determined not to sell in any cut-price deal and a possible return to Corinthians broke down before the closure of the Brazilian transfer window.
Inter were also linked with the 27-year-old but City's reported minimum asking price of £30million was thought to have been considered too expensive for last season's Serie A runners-up.
With City boss Roberto Mancini having said Tevez was 'finished', a January sale still seems a probable solution and the player is set to meet with club officials to discuss the future and any overhanging suspension.
It has been speculated whether City owner Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak will be prepared to take the financial hit of sacking the summer 2009 signing, despite the vast Abu Dhabi wealth bankrolling the club.
But a more likely scenario, when City's internal investigation is complete, would be for Tevez to be hit with another fine and potentially left to train and play with the reserves until the January transfer window.