A sensational transfer swap deal involving Mario Balotelli and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku could still come to fruition, with reports suggesting that AC Milan may be open to such a deal.
Portuguese newspaper A Bola cites reports from France which suggest that Jose Mourinho is still following Balotelli after becoming frustrated with the efforts of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o at Stamford Bridge.
The same reports suggest that Lukaku is a player who would be appreciated by AC Milan and that the Serie A giants have not closed the door on a potential swap.
20-year-old Lukaku - who recently helped Belgium to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil - was not deemed surplus to requirements by returning Chelsea manager Mourinho during the summer and was subsequently sent to Premier League rivals Everton on a season-long loan deal.
Such a move proved unpopular with Chelsea fans and Lukaku has since given Mourinho cause for considerable regret by netting five goals in nine games under Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.
Balotelli, meanwhile, moved to AC Milan from Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City back in January.
The controversial Italian frontman - who is renowned for his off-field antics as well as his penalty box prowess - has had mixed success back in his native land, scoring an impressive 15 league goals but also seeing his temperament again called into question.
This is not the first time Balotelli has been linked with a switch to Chelsea, with AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri having dismissed such speculation only last month.