Bologna are hopeful of pulling off a deal to sign Newcastle defender Achraf Lazaar.
Newcastle signed Lazaar from Palermo last summer but he has failed to establish himself in the team.
The Morocco international played just four Championship games for Newcastle and an exit seems inevitable.
A return to Italy is a sensible solution for the left-back, although it is unclear if Bologna are seeking a permanent transfer or a loan deal.
Gazzamercato's report does not detail the outcome of Bigon's call to Benitez, although speculating - it is hard to imagine the Spaniard would discourage interest in a player exit which could free up funds for Newcastle.
Bologna kicked off their Serie A campaign at the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Torino.