There may be no dream return to Corinthians for Brazilian international Paulinho this January.
The midfielder infamously shed tears at his parting press conference upon leaving for Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but his £17 million move has not worked out as planned.
He is out of favour and has not made a Premier League start this season under Mauricio Pochettino, and has been linked with a move back to the Brazilian club this January.
They however can only finance a loan deal, and fear being priced out of the market.
Club president Ronaldo Ximenes told UOL Esporte: "We are interested, but Tottenham wishes to sell and we are not in a position to buy him.
"We wanted a loan agreement a year, the only possible scenario from our point of view. It is impossible at the moment because that is the intention of Tottenham. I do not think they will change their minds, then Paulinho will not come."
For Tottenham it makes sense not to cave into sentiment, for whatever Paulinho achieves at Corinthians on loan, it is unlikely to drive up his market value - nor would they likely be prepared to totally cover his wages.
It's best if they can try to get shot of him for a clean break, and only if they are unsuccessful should the idea of a loan be placed on the agenda.