Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has his heart set on a move to Inter Milan, but an official at the Italian club says the transfer will not be easy to complete.
Reports in the Italian press claim that the Ivory Coast international has turned down a number of lucrative offers from Chinese and US clubs, and even reduced his pay demands, in order to make the switch to Serie A.
Inter director Piero Ausilio spoke to reporters about the move, but dismissed speculation that Toure was on the verge of reuniting with former City manager Roberto Mancini at the San Siro.
"I denied the story about him having a medical with us, because it wasn't true," Ausilio said. "Toure is a player who doesn't need introductions, he is admired by Mancini and all those who love football.
"Going from that to saying there's a good chance of pushing forward this move is a big leap. It is a difficult operation, because Yaya is under contract with Manchester City, one of the richest clubs in the world.
"He can't just free himself from the contract in simple conditions and the cost of his contract is also a problem. Basically, the operation is not easy."