Mario Balotelli could be in line for a sensational return to the Italian Serie A, but this time with AS Lazio as his future in France remains in doubt.
The Italy international stated this week that he will take a break from all football-related activities over the next few weeks. In order to clear his head and decide where his future in football lies.
After rediscovering his goal scoring form in Ligue 1 with OGC Nice – that made him one of Europe's most highly rated talents , the former Manchester City man is said to be in high demand again.
A far cry from 12 months ago, languishing in Liverpool's development side and failing to attract suitors.
However, since admitting he's yet to fulfill his potential in the European game – a move back to his native country may spark the ambition that's saw the 26-year-old win three Scudetto's, the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League title with Internazionale and the Citizens respectively.
Well known player-agent Matteo Materazzi told TMW Radio this week of the possibility of the return, while also mentioning Ever Banega as another transfer target for Simone Inzaghi's side.
"To Lazio, I could bring Ever Banega, there is also the chance of bringing Balotelli to Rome," he said.
"Balo is a guy who will keep the locker room on their toes and can make a difference on the pitch."
The eccentric forward scored 15 goals in 23 league outings in the French top-flight this season – helping the Les Aiglons qualify for the Champions League with a third-placed finish.