Nick Bidwell profiles some of the most likely movers in the winter window.
For half the clubs in Serie A, and reigning Europa League holders Sevilla, all roads lead to the gritty little midfield enforcer from Uruguay.
On returning to Samp in the summer following a loan spell in the second division with Pescara – who he helped win promotion through the play-offs – the 20-year-old was expected to be the understudy of the newly acquired Luca Cigarini, from Atalanta. However, he was swiftly able to turn the tables, making himself indispensable to the blucerchiati with his aggressive ball-winning, solid technique, vision and tactical appreciation.
Roma, Internazionale and Milan are rumoured to be especially enthusiastic about landing him
and they certainly will not be oblivious to the fact that he is one of the lowest-paid players in the peninsula, thought to earn in the region of €100,000 per annum.