Fernando Torres could be dealt another embarrassing blow as AC Milan are said to be ready to choose Giampaolo Pazzini over him.
The misfiring marksman arrived to great fanfare in the summer when he agreed a two-year loan switch from Chelsea, but things haven't gone according to plan.
The idea was for Torres to rediscover his scoring touch in Serie A after the pressure cooker of Stamford Bridge, but instead he has looked even less lethal at San Siro.
With one solitary goal to his name, Torres has slipped out of the first team at Milan and is behind Jeremy Menez, Keisuke Honda and Stephan El Shaarawy in the hierarchy.
Chelsea aren't keen to welcome Torres back and former side Atletico Madrid have reportedly stated that they would only consider taking their former star for free.
Torres risks being left in limbo in Milan unless another club are willing to take a gamble on a man who is a shadow of his former self.