Southampton striker Gaston Ramirez could be heading to Inter Milan in January in a bid to boost his World Cup chances, according to the player's agent.
The Uruguayan has featured only eight times for Southampton this season, playing just five Premier League matches.
That appears too little for a player who needs regular football to convince his national team coach to pick him for Brazil.
Ramirez starred for Bologna in Serie A before moving to Southampton in 2012, but Inter Milan – who were linked with him before the switch to England -- could be ready to offer the striker a lifeline.
"Inter have been in touch with me two or three times already," Ramirez's agent Pablo Betancourt told calciomercato.com. "There are lots of South Americans at the Nerazzurri and Italian football was what launched him in the first place, so it would be perfect."
Betancourt has yet to discuss his client's future with the Saints, but believes it is quite clear that manager Mauricio Pochettino "does not rate him."
"I've got to meet with the president of the English club and we've got to see whether Ramirez will remain in the Premier League or return to Italy, it doesn’t matter where," Betancourt said. "All that matters is he plays in the run-up to the World Cup.
"The only problem will be talking to the president of Southampton, Nicola Cortese, who has always handled my client with kid gloves."