For years there have been rumours linking Mario Balotelli with a move to AC Milan.
Even during his time with cross-city rivals Inter, the fact that Mario was a lifelong Diavolo fan always seemed to indicate that the intra-San Siro switch could happen.
Mario being seen with an AC Milan shirt and having secret meetings with club Vice President Adriano Galliani certainly didn't help quell the rumours.
But the price tag put on his head by Manchester City did give most level-headed pundits cause for thinking Super Mario was now out of reach for the foreseeable future.
Now, however, with Balotelli still not having the quantity of first team football his talent arguably deserves, January may be the time that all this changes.
Most recently, the Daily Mirror has been reporting that a swap for Milan wunderkind Stephan El-Shaarawy is on the cards. But with the 20-year-old El-Shaarawy currently leading the scoring charts in Serie A, a straight swap seems out of the question, and the Rossoneri would nevertheless be unlikely to release their most-prized asset at anything but an astronomical price.
On the other hand, Balotelli seems increasingly restless at the Etihad. The return of Carlos Tevez and super-sub performances from Edin Dzeko have pushed him even further down the pecking order, with Sergio Aguero already firmly established as the team's go-to guy.
So City may be happy to unload the expensive Balotelli, presuming that Mario himself is content to take a pay cut in return for getting first-team football with his childhood favorites.