At the climax of last season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger decided to release midfield triumvirate, Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini with the trio all out of contract at the North London club. While Mikel Arteta opted to retire and take up a coaching role at Manchester City alongside Pep Guardiola, neither Rosicky nor Flamini have sorted their futures yet.
However that looks set to change for 32 year-old Flamini, with Talksport linking the midfielder with a return to Serie A, with Roma, who crashed out of the Champions League last week, and Torino.
The former French International, who was capped three times between 2007 and 2008 under Raymond Domenech has previous experience of Italian football, having made 123 appearances for Serie A side AC Milan in a 5 year spell with the club.
In addition to his 123 appearances in Italy, Flamini has also experienced French and English football, having made 24 appearances for Marseille in France at the beginning of his career. His performances for Marseille prompted Wenger to bring his fellow countryman to North London and across two spells with the Gunners, Flamini made 246 appearances, scoring 13 goals and winning both the Community Shield and the FA Cup three times.
As well as his vast experience, Flamini is also known for his tenacity, strength, high work rate, and for his versatility, with the 32 year old able to play in midfield, primarily as a defensive midfielder or as an adequate option at full-back, having played at right back several times for AC Milan, and left back for Arsenal.
With unattached free agents able to be signed outside of the regulatory transfer window, Flamini may be in no rush to sort out his immediate future just yet, however a return to Italy looks on the cards.