Manchester City coach Attilio Lombardo has revealed that the club are ready to give up on their chase for Alexis Sanchez.
City have already lodged an offer for Sanchez, but Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus are also in talks with Udinese.
Udinese would seemingly rather take City's cash, but the indications from Italy have been that the player would prefer to remain in Serie A at this point.
The 22-year-old Chilean is rated as one of the finest young forwards in world football, but City feel he looks set to stay in Italy.
"It's true we did track Sanchez, but I think this player is more suited to an Italian club right now," City coach Lombardo told Radio Crc in his homeland.
It now remains to be seen whether City will continue to push for Sanchez, or if they switch their attentions elsewhere - possibly to Napoli.
Lombardo, one of City boss Roberto Mancini's trusted right-hand men, revealed that the club have a long-standing interest in Napoli's highly-rated trio of Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
He also admitted that he hoped City could strike a deal to sign one of them in the near future.
"I hope there can be some negotiations between Napoli and Manchester City, especially as I'd see one of their three forwards would really suit City," said Lombardo.
"The trio of Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi would bring success to any club.
"Napoli have very strong players, but I doubt they'd release Hamsik and Cavani at the same time.
"Manchester City are tracking many players because this club wants to do well, to win and to become the most important side in Europe. Napoli have good players, so that is why we are looking at them."