Nice coach Lucien Favre has said he believes there is “a possibility” that Mario Balotelli will stay with the Ligue 1 club.
Balotelli scored 15 times in Ligue 1 as Nice finished third last season, and Favre said he had not been difficult to handle.
The Italy international signed a one-year deal and had been expected to move on this summer.
“There is also the blend of the team, the balance of the team which is important.
“We haven’t said that we’re going to start again — it’s a possibility.”
Favre added the club were working on “several cases” in the transfer market, one of them reported to be a potential return to France for Stoke’s Giannelli Imbula.
The former Marseille midfielder has struggled to establish himself at Stoke, but Favre said: “He’s a good player, a good left-footer. Now we have to get him back into things a bit.”
Imbula is likely to be brought in on loan and could replace Ivory Coast international Jean Michael Seri, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract.
L’Equipe reported on Tuesday that he had all but agreed personal terms with Roma even though Nice have yet to strike a deal with the Serie A club.
But Favre said he did not want Seri to leave, adding: “He has to be there. He’s a key player for the team.”
Ian is ESPN’s French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman