Inter Milan have edged ahead of Liverpool, Arsenal and Southampton in the race to land Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia.
The Premier League trio are all keen on signing the all-action Argentinean before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
But now reports in Italy have claimed that Inter have opened talks with Anderlecht about a deal for the 26-year-old.
The Belgian champions want £8m for Biglia, although the Serie A side do not appear willing to go that high.
That could persuade one of his Premier League suitors to make a bid of their own before Thursday's deadline.