What initially began as speculation in Catalan outlet Sport last week, that Inter Milan had already opened talks with Barcelona about securing the services of Pedro Rodriguez, has now taken another step forward.
Whilst Manchester City are not directly linked to any interest themselves, the first enquiries reportedly came from Inter Milan when Barcelona played the Premier League side recently in the Champions League, with directors from the Italian side in attendance and discussing terms with their counterparts at the Camp Nou.
Now it's former City manager Roberto Mancini, who Italian newspaper the Corriere dello Sport believes could be an influential factor, that will help Inter beat a wealth of interest from other clubs.
According to their reports, Mancini has already had a telephone conversation with Pedro, offering assurances to the Spain international that they can match his competitive ambitions, whilst also guaranteeing the player a leading role for Inter next season. Something which he hasn't enjoyed for some time with Barcelona.
Barcelona have reportedly set a valuation of around €17 million for the 27-year-old, but in Italy it is believed Inter Milan will try to haggle the price down further, with an initial cash offer of €10 million, plus further payments in variables, based on team and individual performances.
Any success in such negotiations to further reduce the valuation of Pedro, may however depend on how serious interest is at their Serie A rivals, Juventus, or as per reports in UK papers such as the Mirror, from Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool.