Sevilla president Jose Castro has revealed the club spent ‘several months negotiating’ for Stevan Jovetic but could not match the forward’s wage demands.
Monaco eventually signed the Montenegro international from Inter last week after the Andalucians failed to activate their €13m option to buy for the striker.
“We were negotiating for several months,” Castro is quoted as saying by Estadio Deportivo.
“We couldn’t agree a financial deal because of his high wage and we’d already made a big effort for Luis Muriel.
“We have [Wissam] Ben Yedder and don’t forget Carlos Fernandez.”
Jovetic netted six goals in 21 appearances for Los Rojiblancos after a loan deal with the Milanese club in January but despite negotiations earlier this summer, no agreement for a permanent move was found.