The agent of Internazionale ace Wesley Sneijder has confirmed that talks over a new contract have hit the buffers.
The 26-year-old Netherlands international enjoyed a perfect first season at the San Siro, helping the club to a domestic double and the Champions League crown.
That sparked talk of a possible return tom Real Madrid, with Manchester United and Chelsea also rumoured to be keeping tabs on Sneijder, who expected to pen a contract extension with Inter.
However, Sneijder's agent, Soren Lerby, told De Telegraaf: "Financially we can't work out a deal. Negotiations have been called off and will only be restarted if Inter show an opening.
"Wesley was contacted by clubs across Europe after the World Cup final, but he was very happy in Italy at Inter.
"He felt he couldn't leave the club after just one season and the very flattering words of owner Massimo Moratti, who stated he would be the leader for the coming years.
"Wesley would get a fantastic wage and he would get a clause with a high transfer fee. Unfortunately Inter couldn't keep their promise."
Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi has revealed that he is ready to return to club management.
That could lead to an increase in pressure on under-fire Claudio Ranieri who has seen his Roma side make a very poor start to the current campaign.
Lippi admits he has been recuperating following his Italy side’s disastrous World Cup campaign when they failed to progress from the group stages in South Africa.
However, after a three-month break, Lippi is ready to return to work, telling La Gazzetta dello Sport: "It was right to rest after the World Cup.
"However, if the proposal that suits me arrives then I will be ready."