Flamengo directors are flying out to Italy for face-to-face talks with Mario Balotelli, claim reports, fighting off Fiorentina interest.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sportmediaset, representatives from the Brazilian club will land in Milan this afternoon.
They hope to convince Balotelli and agent Mino Raiola that a move to South America would reinvigorate his career.
The striker is a free agent, as his contract with Olympique Marseille expired on June 30.
Balotelli had practically agreed personal terms with Flamengo, although there were some issues over performance-related bonuses and above all image rights.
He then hesitated, hoping to wait for an offer to appear from Serie A, where Fiorentina are the most interested party.
Flamengo directors today hope they can work out the final details and get Balotelli to sign.