Injury brought Mario Gomez's Euro 2016 to a premature end, but he has had a successful season nonetheless: top scorer in the Turkish Super Lig for champion club Besiktas, and his performances for Germany have been such that his injury is regarded as a serious blow to his national team. Not bad at all for a man who was on the outs with both club (Fiorentina) and country a year or so ago.
As he starts his journey back to fitness, the soon-to-be-31-year-old has some decisions to make about his club future. He is still under contract to Fiorentina, but the club appears willing to let him go - though it has said it won't be offering any discounts for one of the hottest strikers in top-level world football. West Ham are thought to be in the hunt for Gomez; Besiktas might not be entirely out of the running; an unidentified MLS team is alleged to have offered the player close to $9 million per year to come to North America: he has options.
Those options are proliferating. In the last few days, AC Milan has been added to the list of suitors - mostly, it seems, because Vicenzo Montella is now head coach for the club, and he was in charge at Fiorentina when Gomez moved to La Viola.
Reports on July 5 suggested Wolfsburg were interested in bringing Gomez to back to Bundesliga, perhaps so interested that the club offered Fiorentina around $15.5 million for the forward. A day later, TuttoSport was reporting Gomez had turned down the chance to return to Germany.
The rumor mill will no doubt quickly find a replacement for Wolfsburg, if it is indeed out of the race for Gomez.