It's hard to pinpoint quite why it didn't work out for Giovani dos Santos at Tottenham, the attacker who went from Barcelona starlet to being loaned to Ipswich Town in the space of a year.
Rumours over a distracted attitude surfaced, while other opinions were that manager Harry Redknapp simply didn't know how best to utilise him.
His performances for Mexico marked him out as a special talent even throughout his Tottenham time, so it's no surprise to see him flourishing in La Liga.
Dos Santos is shining with Champions League place contenders Villareal, netting nine goals this season with seven assists.
Now reports on the continent are linking him with a transfer to AC Milan. It's claimed in both the Italian and Spanish press that Dos Santos is 'being tracked' by Milan, who hope to rejuvenate their poor season with a fresh influx of talent in the summer.
The Mexican international switching to the San Siro could be considered surprising, but given Adel Taarabt's recent loan to Milan, it's hard to rule anything out with regard to their transfer activity.
Major changes are expected, with Mario Balotelli's future even the subject of speculation. Should he have a positive World Cup, Dos Santos may just find himself clinching a transfer to one of Europe's most prestigious clubs, eight years after departing Barcelona.
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