Inter are reportedly ready to hand Mauro Zarate back to parent club Lazio – six months before his loan deal is set to expire.
The Argentine joined the Nerazzurri in the summer after falling out of favour with Biancocelesti boss Edy Reja.
However, the 24-year-old has struggled to impress at San Siro under firstly Gian Piero Gasperini and now Claudio Ranieri.
In 18 appearances across Serie A and the Champions League, the South American has netted just one goal this term.
Inter don’t seem prepared to buy him outright at the end of the season, hence the possibility of a swift return to Rome.
However, it remains to be seen whether Lazio would keep him or opt to again loan him – or sell – to another club. Fiorentina have been paired.
Inter are currently fifth in Serie A, four points behind fourth-placed Lazio.