AC Milan have hinted that the club are preparing to table a bid for Manchester City's Mario Balotelli in the forthcoming January transfer window.
Balotelli has started just one of City's last eight matches and despite Roberto Mancini's continued insistence that the striker is part of his plans at the Etihad, it would appear his days at the club are numbered.
A slow start to the season has left AC Milan searching for greater firepower and Balotelli is a player who appeals to both president Silvio Berlusconi and coach Massimiliano Allegri.
The Italian was on the mind of both men as they prepared to watch their side go up against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night with Allegri an admirer of his qualities.
"He is an important player with extraordinary physical and technical qualities," Allegri said.
"I believe, however, given his qualities, he threw away a few years of his career."
Allegri would love to see Balotelli team up with Stephan El Shaarawy but he is refusing to speculate on what might happen in January.
"I think they have done good things with the Italian national team. But I want to talk about AC Milan and the players I have. Then, in January, we will see what happens," he said.
Berlusconi, meanwhile, hinted that he was considering a bid for the 22-year-old, telling Sky Sport Italia: "No, it's not a dream. I never dream."