Torino have formally requested another year-long loan for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, despite the chances of him returning to Serie A next season looking increasingly slim.
While a final decision on the 29-year-old's future is yet to be made, Sky Sports News HQ understands City are acutely aware his value will only dwindle during another season away from the club and will be looking to secure a transfer fee in the summer before his contract ends in 2019.
The England international was unceremoniously sent out on loan to Italy by Pep Guardiola and replaced by former Barcelona 'keeper Claudio Bravo, when the Spaniard took over at the Etihad in the summer.
Hart, who has made 29 Serie A appearances, has become a firm favourite during his time in Turin but is expected to seek a fresh challenge at the end of the season-long spell.
Torino currently occupy 10th place in the league table and are hopeful of securing Hart for another 12 months, but Everton remain the favourites to secure his services.
Leicester are also understood to be keen should Kasper Schmeichel leave the Foxes, along with a number of European clubs believed to have enquired as to his availability.
That will undoubtedly come as bad news for Torino, who would struggle to afford the transfer fee or full wages.