Wolverhampton Wanderers appear to be failing in their pursuit of AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.
Sky Sports reported on Monday that the club were struggling to agree terms with the Ivory Coast international, and it is unclear whether the £30 million asking price will be met.
Kessie has been with Milan since 2017 and is now a permanent player at San Siro having been on loan from Atalanta.
It is thought the Rossoneri would be open to selling in order to help them with Financial Fair Play.
So far Kessie has made 96 appearances for the club and has largely impressed in a side that has underwhelmed as a collective since his arrival.
He also caught the eye at the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament where he helped his country reach the quarter-finals.
Wolves appear unlikely to sign Kessie at this late stage of the window, which is a big shame.
The 22-year-old would be a brilliant addition for Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad.
Leander Dendoncker is a disciplined holding midfielder who rarely crosses the halfway line, and Portuguese pair Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho both have more artistic and technical styles.
Wolves currently lack a physical presence and box-to-box powerhouse – someone with a big engine who is a nightmare to play against for opposition midfielders.
He would offer that something different, and Europa League participants Wolves could well regret not getting him in.