Federico Macheda “has been given the all-clear by Sir Alex Ferguson to go on loan for six months to Italy,” confirmed the Manchester United star's agent.
The Under-21 international striker could be heading back to Serie A to gain experience with the likes of Juventus, Fiorentina and his hometown club Lazio showing an interest.
“Federico could leave United, that is true, but only on loan,” agent Marcello Bonetto told Fiorentina.it.
“The club and Ferguson have absolute faith in Chicco. With the return of Michael Owen, confirmation of Wayne Rooney, plus fine form for Dimitar Berbatov and Hernandez, the space for him in Manchester has been reduced.
“We talked it over and were given the all-clear by Ferguson to go on loan for six months in January to gain experience.
“If we do decide to leave Manchester, then Italy represent the most likely destination. Up until now we have not been contacted by anybody, but will only choose a club that can guarantee Federico consistent playing time. That's the only reason for leaving Manchester.”
Among those linked with a bid for Macheda are Fiorentina, Lazio, Parma and Juventus.
“Fiorentina have not contacted us, but can do whenever they want,” added agent Bonetto.