Diego Maradona has indicated Al-Wasl will not be making a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez.
The Argentina international, who was coached and highly praised by Maradona at national team level, angered Roberto Mancini after apparently refusing to come on as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Mancini suggested Tevez was "finished" at the Etihad Stadium after the episode, but the striker's future remains uncertain as the club investigates the incident, with his advisor Kia Joorabchian suggesting he had been mistranslated.
It had been reported Al-Wasl would offer the striker an escape route, but Maradona, speaking after watching his side succumb to a 5-0 loss to Dubai, has suggested a transfer is not possible for financial reasons.
"Tevez is very expensive,” Maradona said, according to Sport 360. "He will cost a lot of money and right now we have a budget for around five per cent of the fee he commands."
Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Corinthians are all reportedly interested in signing Tevez. The Brazilian club had attempted to sign the 27-year-old for a second spell before the summer transfer window closed but have since suggested they may not make another move in January.