Fernando Torres' exit from Chelsea has hit a snag - because the Blues aren't willing to let him join AC Milan on loan according to the Mirror.
It is also claimed that another issue that is holding up the deal is that the Milanese outfit want Chelsea to subsidise part of his huge £175,000-per-week wage packet.
Out of favour
The Spaniard is well out of favour at Stamford Bridge and is yet to play a single Premier League minute this term - he was an unused substitute against Burnley on the opening day of the season, while he wasn't even in Chelsea's 18-man squad for their win over Leicester on Saturday.
With Diego Costa hitting the ground running the in the Premier League and Didier Drogba providing support, his chances of finally finding his best form at Stamford Bridge look slim.
Despite that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has once more publicly insisted that Torres won't be sold because he needs three strikers for the season - the Blues have been linked with a move for various forwards including Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain and there is still a chance a deal could be done before the window shuts of Torres is sold.
However that seems some way away as things stand; the Mirror says that both Chelsea and Torres want the deal with AC Milan to be a permanent transfer rather than a season-long loan with an option to buy afterwards.
Despite that, and the issue over his wages, the Mirror say Milan chief Adriano Galliani is confident of getting the deal done before deadline day. The Serie A outfit are on the lookout for a replacement for Mario Balotelli, who has signed on the dotted line for Liverpool. Former Chelsea ace Samuel Eto'o was also an option, but he's now on his way to Everton.
Milan are also believed to be chasing a move for Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel, whose agent has previously admitted he could leave on loan before the transfer window shuts.
Chelsea are not expected to be active in the last few days of the transfer window having got most of their business done early. Their two major signings, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, have settled in nicely already, while full-back Filipe Luis is yet to start a game.
However that could all change if Torres is allowed to leave, but for that to happen AC Milan need to cough up the cash.