Andre Villas-Boas could miss out on Shakhtar Donetsk schemer Willian this January - with Juventus in pole position to sign him.
The Spurs manager's interest in the Brazilian is long-standing and goes back to the previous winter transfer window when he was in charge of Chelsea.
AVB was keen to sign the Shakhtar star then, but failed to convince Roman Abramovich to part with the cash required to land him.
The 24-year-old is valued at around £25m, although the Ukrainian side are holding out for closer to £30m for him - a price that has put off Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
But Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions, believe they can sign the attacker when the transfer window opens. It is understood Juve officials made contact with Shakhtar following the 1-1 draw between the two sides in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Villas-Boas is keeping tabs on the Brazil international but Juve believe they are a more attractive prospect than Tottenham - and they are set to open the bidding in January at around £20m.