Inter's patience for Giampaolo Pazzini is being sorely tested by Sampdoria, who won't budge on their transfer fee demands.
And the deal has hit a financial tension point as Inter are not prepared to raise their €10 million plus Jonathan Biabiany offer and match 'Doria's €15m expectations.
Il Corriere dello Sport claims talks between the clubs and player agent Tulio Tinti have been glowing in Milan, but the final light on pushing the move through is yet to shine.
Sampdoria's demands have made for uncomfortable reading for Massimo Moratti, who is not prepared to put his club through ruinous expense for the 25-year-old.
In their favour is Domenico Di Carlo's admiration for Biabiany, who has struggled to hold down a regular place under Leonardo now the regular starters are back from injury.
It's back to the drawing board for Inter transfer chief Marco Branca, who could decide to restructure the cash offer to €12m and present his case to Sampdoria.
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