Maxime Gonalons is reportedly on the verge of a loan move to Stade Rennais after Bordeaux pulled out of negotiations with Roma.
The midfielder was a flop after his €5m transfer from Olympique Lyonnais in 2017 and spent last season on loan at Sevilla, where he again failed to make much impact amid injury problems.
A return to France was always considered likely and his Roma contract runs to June 2021.
There had been interest from Girondins de Bordeaux, but they appear to have pulled out.
Instead, Sky Sport Italia and Le Quotidien du Foot are confident only details need to be finalised for the Rennes switch.
Roma would be called upon to cover some of his salary, perhaps even 50 per cent.