Real Sociedad have described their chances of successful negotiations regarding Manchester City striker Jo as 'very scarce'.
The Spaniards confirmed their interest in the Brazilian at the start of July as they look for loan options to increase their attacking threat ahead of a return to La Liga.
But Real's president, Jokin Aperribay, does not expect to be able to complete a deal for Jo, who has failed to make a positive impression at City since being signed in 2008.
"It's not a closed case but it's complicated for him to come to Real now and we are working on other alternatives because the possibilities of that negotiation being successful are very, very scarce," Aperribay said at a press conference.
Jo joined City from CSKA Moscow with a reputation as a dangerous striker but he was loaned to Everton in 2009 and he spent time last season with Galatasaray.