Serie A giants Juventus are reported to be keen on Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra.
The Mali international is said to have been recommended to the Bianconeri by Fabio Cannavaro, who has recently returned to the club from the Spanish capital.
Juve are believed to be in the market for an anchorman and see Diarra as an ideal candidate.
The combative 28-year-old is currently nursing a knee injury, but that is unlikely to scupper any potential deal.
Diarra admits he would be willing to discuss a move to Italy, but insists any such agreement will rest in the hands of his current employers.
"I am feeling very well at the moment and I hope to come back even stronger next season," he told skysports.com.
"Real are recruiting a lot of big stars at the moment and I am looking forward to the next campaign.
"Juve? They are a great side, one of the best in the world, so to be linked with them is fantastic.
"But to play there, I don't know yet. We will have to wait and see what the new officials at Real have planned."