Reports in France claim that Paris Saint-Germain are trying to bring Stephan El Shaarawy in from Shanghai Shenhua.
The Italy international turns 28 next month and has been in China for just over a year, since his €16m transfer from Roma.
According to Telefoot, El Shaarawy is seen as a low-cost alternative to other PSG targets.
The versatile wide forward came up through the Genoa youth academy and moved to Milan for €20m in 2011.
He went on to spells in France with Monaco, then Roma, never quite delivering on that potential.
‘The Little Pharaoh’ nonetheless notched up four goals in 25 senior Italy caps.