Discussions regarding Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o's proposed switch to ambitious Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala have stalled.
It is unclear at present whether the breakdown in talks is down to a disagreement between the two clubs or issues regarding personal terms.
A deal was expected to be pushed through in the next few days, with Eto'o's representatives having held further meetings with Anzhi officials on Thursday.
It is claimed that a €25million (£21.8m) package has been put to Inter, with Eto'o offered a three-year contract worth around €15million (£13m) a season.
Reports, however, claim that Inter are holding out for €30million (£26.1m), as they consider their 30-year-old frontman to still be in his prime.
Talks remain ongoing, but there are a number of stumbling blocks that will need to be overcome in order for an agreement to be reached.
"I'm not optimistic at this moment in time," said intermediary and Fifa agent Peppino Tirri.
"There are a few things that need to be sorted out. Nothing has been resolved. The deal is on ice for now.
"Negotiations have come to an end for today; we'll talk again on Friday."