AC Milan have made no secret of their desire to lure Real Madrid star Sami Khedira to San Siro, but the odds seem to be stacked against the Italian side.
Italian football is undergoing a tough period and even the top teams in Serie A aren't able to compete financially with Europe's giants.
Milan are also going through a transitional period and aren't even in Europe this season, although things are starting to look up under Pippo Inzaghi.
So the Rossoneri's chances of being able to meet Khedira's demands have always seemed slim, especially with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea all being linked to the German international.
"That is that he earns too much.
"He would be a great player but we don't know if he will renew his contract at Real Madrid and even if he doesn't he expects big wages."
This may be a concession that Milan won't be in the bidding war if Real Madrid and Khedira do part company either in January or June.