Struggling Borussia Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile has grown tired of his time in the Bundesliga and harbours hope of a return to Serie A, according to Sky.
The Italian only moved to the Signal Iduna Park from Torino last summer, but has failed to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski’s departure to Bayern Munich and may be tempted by a return back to the country where he built himself a reputation as one of the world’s most prolific forwards.
Napoli, Fiorentina and AC Milan are all being linked with a move, but having only just moved last summer it could take a significant fee to snatch him away from the clutches of charismatic manager Jurgen Klopp.
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Immobile’s career started back in Turin with Torino’s fierce rivals Juventus, but after making just five appearances in two years he then embarked on two unsuccessful spells at Siena and Grosseto during the 2010/2011 campaign. However then ensued a goal-laden spell in Serie B with Pescara, where he scored 28 times in 37 appearances to earn a move back to the top flight with Genoa.
He managed just five goals in 34 appearances as his big move looked to have backfired, but Torino then rescued him and he immediately repaid the faith invested in him to score 23 goals in all competitions and win the Golden Boot ahead of Carlos Tevez in the process.
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Despite having struggled at big clubs before, Klopp urgently required a striker and brought Immobile to the Bundesliga filled with the belief he could sufficiently replace the goals and guile of Lewandowski and help them mount a title challenge as a result.
But what has ensued is a disastrous season, not just for the 25-year-old but for the whole club in general, with a continuous flirtation with relegation meaning Dortmund will not be home to Champions League football for around 18 months at the earliest.
Injuries have not helped, certainly to star performer Marco Reus, but Immobile’s form has prompted much cause for concern. After starting the campaign firing in the Champions League, he has scored just two goals in 2015, both coming against Dynamo Dresden in the Deutscher Pokal earlier this month.
He was dropped for the mauling by his former club Juventus in midweek, and now faces an uncertain future in the country he had been hoped to take by storm.
Serie A interest
Napoli are keen to invest in a forward given the persistent speculation surrounding Gonzalo Higuain, who continues to be linked with a move to Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool as a potential replacement for the out-of-form Mario Balotelli.
The forward’s friendship with striker Lorenzo Insigne could be another crucial factor, though much may depend on whether or not Rafael Benitez remains at the helm beyond the end of this season. Fiorentina are also in the market for a marksman, particularly if Alberto Gilardino or Mario Gomez depart or Giuseppe Rossi fails to recover from the injury that has plagued his time in Florence to date.
Meanwhile Milan are also amongst interested parties but could lose out if they fail to secure any form of European football this term.