Just how badly do Newcastle United want to keep Papiss Cisse?
Manchester City had been linked with his signature over the last fortnight to address their injury problems, but it's been reported that the Toon will only sell at a crazy price.
The Star report: "Pellegrini was keen on Papiss Cisse and believed he could land the Newcastle hitman on the cheap.
"But he has been put off by the Magpies’ staggering £35m asking price and has turned to Mandzukic as he represents a better deal."
Cisse had struggled for form last two seasons - especially last, but this year he has been a player reborn.
The striker, who lit up the Premier League in his first season with 13 goals in 14 matches, has been revitalised, but it's arguably the best time to cash in.
While selling a key player may not be well received by the club, if they were able to get a top price for him, based on his poor displays a year ago, they would have to consider it.
Demanding £35 million however, the same price they sold Andy Carroll for, is quite another matter, and it's no wonder Manchester City are looking elsewhere.
It may simply show their resolve to hold onto him, but really a fee of £20 million would have been great business.