Inter Milan head coach Jose Mourinho has accused former club Chelsea of making it difficult for him to raid Stamford Bridge.
The Nerazzurri had looked primed to complete a double deal for Portuguese duo Ricardo Carvalho and Deco this summer after declaring their interest.
However, Inter failed to agree deals for the duo, forcing Mourinho to look elsewhere for reinforcements and claim Chelsea moved the goalposts in the negotiations.
"It's very difficult for a Chelsea player to come to me," said the former Blues boss ahead of Saturday's Italian Super Cup against Lazio.
"Every time I'm interested in one of their players, it looks different."
Mourinho believed the players were available at knock-down prices and that as soon as Inter's interest was declared, the prices sky-rocketed.
"In the summer we were told he (Deco) was almost free to come," he continued.
"Two weeks later, when they know Inter are interested, it goes zero to five (million) and for Carvalho from five to 15 (million). Something like that."