Tottenham Hotspur have offered Andrea Pirlo a three-year-deal in their efforts to lure the Juventus midfielder to White Hart Lane when his contact expires next summer.
The Italy international has played an integral role in his club's midfield for their two consecutive Serie A-winning seasons but have yet to enter contract negotiations regarding an extension, with Juventus reluctant to enter talks until 2014.
The Italian champions would appear confident of tying the 35-year-old down to a new deal but his possible availability on a free transfer next summer has alerted a number of Premier League clubs, chiefly Tottenham.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato suggest the club's technical director Franco Baldini and Andre Villas-Boas have already submitted an offer for the player worth £12m over three seasons and are hopeful the former AC Milan stalwart will agree a pre-contract deal in January.
Juventus currently have an embarrassment of riches in their midfield department with Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba all vying for a starting berth in Antonio Conte's side.
The veteran Italian found himself substituted after an hour, replaced by Kwadwo Asamoah and despite being treated to a warm round of applause from the Bernabeu crowd, reports in the Italian media suggests Pirlo was unhappy with the decision that saw him hauled off, doing little to quell suggestions an exit from Turin could be on the cards.
Despite only having eight months left on his deal and with clubs around Europe able to begin pre-contract negotiations from 1 January, Juventus have been reluctant to address the midfielder's situation despite recently assuring Pogba he is in line for a lucrative new deal following renewed interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
When recently quizzed on Premier Leaguer interest in Pirlo - in addition to Leonardo Bonucci who has been linked with Manchester United - Juventus director general Beppe Moratta did not appear to be worried about such growing interest.
"On one hand it's nice to read or hear this because it means our players are good enough to be followed and observed by big clubs," Moratta was quoted as saying by Tutto Mercato Web last month.
"But we want to keep them close to us."