Manchester City will turn their attention to Giuseppe Rossi if they miss out on Alexis Sanchez, according to The Daily Star.
With Sanchez expected to join Barcelona in favour of a move to City, Roberto Mancini is seeking an alternative attacker to bolster his forward options.
And Rossi, who was sold by rivals Manchester United for £6.6 million to Villarreal in 2005, may snub a move to Barca, who would prefer Sanchez, for a move to City.
Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo said: “We are still far from reaching an agreement.
“Barcelona have made more than one offer. The real market value of Sanchez is a minimum 50m euros [£44.2m].
Rossi is seen as the perfect replacement for another former United striker, Carlos Tevez, who has made no secret of his discontent with life at Eastlands.
In just five appearances for United, Rossi scored just one goal and saw him opportunities limited at Old Trafford with Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Diego Forlan, who he would later replace at Villarreal, for company.
City would see the purchase of Rossi as another victory over their Manchester neighbours in their fight to overhaul them domestically and in Europe.
If a deal for Rossi can't be put in place then a move for Javier Pastore could also be on the cards for City.