Given the new UEFA rule change this season that now permits a player to represent two different competing clubs during different phases of the Champions League, it's anticipated that this may encourage clubs involved in the final stages of European competitions to be more active in the winter window.
Juventus are a case in point with the Serie A side anxious to bolster their central midfield with two leading names on the top of their wanted list according to Italian sports daily Tuttosport. The list includes Real Madrid's out of favour play-maker Isco and Paul Pogba (Manchester United).
It's clear that Isco doesn't fit into new Real Madrid coach Santi Solari's tactical plans with the player only seeing first team action under the Argentine boss in the 0-3 Champions League defeat to CSKA and the second leg Copa del Rey win at the Bernabeu against lowly UD Melilla before the trip to participate in the Club World Cup.
Given the lack of playing time under Solari the player from the Costa del Sol has only scored one goal less (four) than at the same stage last season.