Julio Baptista could return to England, with latest reports that Bolton Wanderers are interested in signing the former Arsenal forward.

Baptista is currently a free agent following his release from MLS side Orlando City and could make a return to England. According to The Sun, Championship side Bolton Wanderers are interested in signing the 35-year-old.

His potential return has been tipped to be a “sensational return”, when in reality only Bolton and a few Arsenal fans would really care. Baptista spent one season on loan at Arsenal in a swap deal involving Jose Antonio Reyes, and struggled to integrate.

The Beast, as he was known, scored a hat-trick at Anfield in a 6-3 win over Liverpool in the then-called Carling Cup, but was otherwise anonymous as a Gunner. He was far from the player he was at Sevilla, for whom he scored 47 goals in two seasons.

Arsenal were always linked with Baptista back then, but he ended up joining Real Madrid instead. Since his short spell with the Londoners, he spent three years at Roma and then three years at Malaga, never hitting the heights he did back in 2005.

If he’s looking for a good place to go and end his career, there are probably more luxurious and lucrative locations than Bolton.

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