Juventus are ready to steal a march on a string of Premier League clubs in the race to sign Theo Walcott - and could open talks with the striker’s representatives this week.
Walcott, whose contract at the Emirates expires in six months’ time, turned in a masterclass on Saturday, bagging a hat-trick in Arsenal’s remarkable 7-3 win over Newcastle.
The 23-year-old is yet to agree a new deal in north London - he is believed to be seeking a significant pay rise and assurances that he will be used as a striker - and is free to negotiate with foreign clubs from Tuesday.
Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool are all monitoring the England international’s situation closely, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not want to lose another one of his best players to a domestic rival.
And according to Tuttosport, Serie A champions Juventus are willing to offer Walcott another option.
The Italian giants failed in their quest to find a top-quality striker during the summer window and could make the former Southampton star an offer if he opts against extending his stay at Arsenal.