Manchester City striker Rolando Bianchi is close to completing his return to Italy in a permanent move to Lazio.

The 24-year-old, who joined from Reggina for £8.8million at the start of the season, has not settled at Eastlands.

Lazio spokesman Giacomo Mazzocchi said: "There are still all the practicalities left to sort out, such as the medical and signing the contract, but the deal should be completed today."

Lazio are 14th in Italy's top flight, two points clear of the drop zone.