Memphis Depay is being linked with Manchester United but it seems that he was close to becoming an Inter player earlier in the summer.
The PSV Eindhoven man came into the World Cup with a following but boosted his reputation with goals against Australia and Chile.
It is being suggested that the left-sided star may join national coach Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next season, but Serie A side Inter will feel he slipped away.
But talks between the two sides didn't progress fast enough to tie up a deal before the World Cup started, possibly because the Dutch club wanted to wait for the competition before selling their asset.
And now Depay's value has rocketed, which is likely to rule Inter out of the running for his signature.
La Gazzetta dello Sport believes that Inter will only be able to enter the bidding for Depay in the event that they sell off one of their big names.
Manchester United are also said to be plotting a big-money move for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado and will need to decide whether the Colombian is a better bet than Depay.
Should United opt for Cuadrado, Inter may well be lurking ready to step in, but it could be that the Nerazzurri's chance has gone.