Inter and Juventus have emerged as the front-runners to bring Manchester City full-back Aleksandar Kolarov back to Serie A.
The former Lazio player was signed two years ago by City boss Roberto Mancini for £16m, but this season he has lost his place in the team and looks set to be sold back to Italy.
Inter and Juve, according to Sky Sport Italia, are both keen to bolster the left side of their team and see his experience as a vital commodity to mounting a challenge for the title next year.
However, problems could arise as City are reluctant to listen to loan offers for the 26-year-old Kolarov.
Both Inter and Juve would prefer to take him on a temporary season-long deal with an option to buy, but City want to sell him outright should he ask for a move away.
The Italian clubs’ willingness to stump up the cash immediately for Kolarov could decide his fate, as Mancini would rather keep him at City than allow him to leave on loan.