Fernando Torres' return to Atletico Madrid may be hanging on its hinges after Alessio Cerci reportedly refused to join Milan.
Reputable sources in Spain and Italy suggested a straight 18-month swap was imminent, with the Rossoneri's official television station most notably announcing 'advanced negotiations' between all four parties on Christmas Eve.
However, it is now believed that Cerci is instead holding out for a transfer to Inter following Roberto Mancini's decision to go public with his interest in the former Torino attacker.
Furthermore, the Nerazzurri would be able to offer the Italy international the lure of a permanent switch at the end of the season, as opposed to Milan's preference for a temporary arrangement.
Subsequently, Atleti and Milan have accused Inter of directly lobbying Cerci and could file a complaint to FIFA, while the Spanish champions have reportedly urged the €20m man to accept the move to San Siro or spend the next six months in the stands.