Roma are being tipped to table a sizeable offer for Portsmouth's Croatian international midfielder Niko Kranjcar.
The Giallorossi are planning to invest heavily this summer in a bid to wrest Serie A supremacy away from Inter next term.
And according to Italian press sources, Kranjcar's impressive performances for Slaven Bilic's powerful Croatia side at Euro 2008 have caught the eye of the capital club's tactician Luciano Spalletti.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a positive season with Portsmouth, helping them to a historic FA Cup triumph, and could now look for a side that can offer him Champions League football, rather than the UEFA Cup.
La Gazzetta dello Sport insists that Roma were planning a swoop for West Ham's Swedish star Freddie Ljungberg, but now see Kranjcar as a better investment for the future.
With Brazilian flair player Amantino Mancini likely to leave for Inter and diminutive Frenchman Ludovic Giuly ready to head back to his homeland, there would be room for a man like Kranjcar.
However, Roma may have to beat Arsenal to the punch and there are rumours that the Gunners have set aside £15m for the operation – a sum that the Eternal City outfit would surely be unable to match.
Source: C4 Football Italia