Juventus have turned their attentions to Palermo's attacking midfielder Franco Vazquez as Massimiliano Allegri continues his search for a trequartista, according to La Gazetta dello Sport.
Juve tabled a €22 million bid for Schalke's Julian Draxler last week, but the Bundesliga club are said to be holding out for €30 million, a fee the Old Lady are reportedly reluctant to pay.
Vazquez, who was given his Azzurri debut under Antonio Conte earlier this year, reached double figures in both the goals and assists column last term, as Palermo flouted expectations and finished in a comfortable 11th place, attracting the attention of Juventus.
The trequartista Juve crave?
Much has been made about Allegri's open pursuit of an attacking midfielder this summer. He said as much during Juventus' annual pre-season press conference and the club sanctioned a €22 million for Draxler earlier this summer.
Juve, as previously noted, appear unwilling to meet Schalke's evaluation of the German though and may look domestically for solutions.
Vazquez, alongside new Juve recruit Paulo Dybala, lit up Serie A last term and wields the perfect blend of flair and creativity needed to play at the tip of Allegri's diamond midfield.
Rekindle his rapport with Dybala
With Alvaro Morata sidelined for a month, Dybala may assume the starting berth alongside Mario Mandzukic in attack.
Should Vazquez become the Old Lady's newest addition, the Italian could rekindle his devastating rapport with the Argentine as Juve seek their fifth consecutive Scudetti.
The duo accounted for 47% of Palermo's goals last campaign and, although their freedom will be restricted at Juve, they possess the creative spark that Allegri has longed for.
The Bianconeri have acquired the likes of Mandzukic, Simone Zaza, Sami Khedira, Dybala and Neto thus far, and Allegri harbours hopes that the transfer committee are able to procure a creative midfielder, whether it is Vazquez or Draxler, before the transfer window slams shut.