Chivu's Real move hits rocks

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Cristian Chivu's transfer from Roma to Real Madrid hangs in the balance due to Real not yet meeting the player's wage demands..

The Romania international rejected the chance to renew his contract at Roma, with Chivu seeking UEFA Champions League football next season.

Reports suggested that Internazionale, Barcelona and Lyon had all expressed an interest in the defender but Real Madrid remain the only club to have an offer accepted.

Chivu has been told that he can join Real Madrid after Roma accepted a reported £13m bid.

Roma chief Rosella Sensi said: "We have accepted their offer. However, the successful completion of the operation is now dependant on the player's personal desire."

However, his agent Victor Becali revealed that no agreement had been reached.

"Real Madrid's wage offer was way below Inter's proposal," Becali said. "Chivu will remain with Roma unless Real make a new offer."

Roma could find themselves in a difficult situation if Chivu fails to a agree terms with Real, losing out on a substantial amount of money.

Becali said: "The ball is in Real Madrid's court now. If the Spaniards' offer is not satisfactory, Chivu will see out his contract at Roma.

Meanwhile, Mauro Esposito has finally completed his move to Roma for ‚é¼2million (£1.4million).

The Italian striker is now jointly owned with Cagliari and signed a three year deal. Esposito said: "It's a dream come true."