Inter youth team director Piero Ausilio has admitted that negotiations to sign want-away Palermo midfielder Fabio Simplicio started too late to stand any chance of being completed on transfer deadline day.
The Beneamata turned to Simplicio, who has just five months left to run on his existing deal with Palermo, after Lazio rejected a bid for Argentine playmaker Cristian Ledesma.
The latter’s agent had revealed yesterday that Inter had in fact agreed terms with Palermo to acquire Simplicio’s services, but a transfer failed to materialize before yesterday’s deadline.
“Simplicio’s move collapsed and that happens when a deal for a player is tied to others making the opposite switch,” Ausilio explained to Sky Sport 24.
“Along with Simplicio, two youngsters had to transfer and there was little time to complete the deal.
“There was the possibility of Rene Khrin moving on loan to Palermo, but it didn’t work out and we are happy he stayed with us.”
There have been reports in recent weeks that Simplicio has already agreed personal terms to join Roma on a free transfer next summer.