Mario Balotelli was recently in contact with Barnsley over a move to the Championship side, according to reports.
The former Liverpool and Manchester City striker is now a free agent after his contract at Italian side Brescia was terminated earlier this year.
And according to The Sun, Balotelli considered a dramatic return to England to help the Tykes avoid the drop.
The report states that the 30-year-old was offered to the South Yorkshire club, with his agent in talks with Barnsley co-chairmen Chien Lee and Paul Conway recently.
Despite initial interest from Balotelli, he changed his mind about playing in the Championship.
Barnsley were said to be keen on the striker helping their fight against relegation with the Tykes 16th in the table after 11 games played.
The former Italy international won the Premier League at City in the 2011-12 campaign, famously providing the assist for Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp goal against QPR to seal the title on the last day of the season.
After a brief spell at AC Milan, Balotelli spent a season at Anfield where he failed to make an impact.
Since then, the eccentric figure has played for Nice, Marseille and most recently, Brescia, and is now believed to be considering options other than Barnsley.
‘I am very sorry to see him in this condition,’ Mancini said speaking at a sports industry event last month. ‘At the age of 30 he should be in full technical football maturity and would have been very useful to the national team.
‘I love him and I hope something good always happens to him.’