Inter Milan have opened talks with the agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko over a move to the San Siro, according to sources in Italy.
Dzeko, who joined the Premier League champions in a £27m move from Wolfsburg in 2011, has frequently found himself behind the likes of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez in the forward pecking order.
Although he has started City's last two league games, 11 of his 18 Premier League outings have come from the bench, and he is believed to be keen for regular first-team football.
And Inter are now prepared to offer him an escape route from the Etihad Stadium as they eye a long-term replacement for Argentina striker Diego Milito.
The 2010 European champions have conducted preliminary discussions with Dzeko's representative in their bid to sound the 26-year-old out over a January switch.