Brazilian striker Ricardo Oliveira could be set to stay at Real Betis.
The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Milan but, with time running out until the transfer window shuts, an agreement has yet to be found
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti has admitted that he is frustrated by the stalemate, and may have to turn his attentions elsewhere.
He is still looking to sign a forward, but feels his side is strong in attack and would be able to cope without Oliveira.
"It is true that Milan are trying to bring in a striker," he said.
"Oliveira would work well with (Filippo) Inzaghi and (Alberto) Gilardino, but we will see what happens.
"If Oliveira does not arrive we would not tear our hair out.
"He is not very well known but is a top quality player.
"If we sign him it is ok. Otherwise we will sign someone else."
Brazilian striker Alecsandro had been lined up by Betis to replace Olivira if he left, but he has now joined Sporting Lisbon from Cruzeiro.
Alecsandro's é¼6 million (£ 4 million) move to the Portuguese giants means that Betis would be left short of options up front if Oliveira seals a late move.