Inter Milan turned down the chance to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah on loan due to fears about the Egypt international being called for military service.
The 22-year-old was reportedly offered to the Serie 'A' giants on transfer deadline day, but Walter Mazzarri rejected the opportunity to take him to the San Siro, according to Sky Italia.
Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab stepped in to prevent Salah having to do national service earlier this summer - six months after joining Chelsea - but Inter feared that the call might come again if the player changed country.
Jose Mourinho was happy to let the former Basel man leave Stamford Bridge on a short-term deal after falling out of favour in west London, but failed to find the player a suitable club before the window slammed shut at 11pm last night.
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Crystal Palace were also linked with a surprise move for Salah, but new Eagles boss Neil Warnock decided against bringing the Blues outcast to Selhurst Park.
Inter Milan appeared to be the player's most likely destination, but the Italian outfit would only have been able to press ahead if they managed to ship out Fredy Guarin.
The Colombian midfielder was expected to depart for Valencia before the deadline, however his prospective transfer fell through at the final hour.
Mazzarri will have been left frustrated by the failure to free up some much-needed money to reinvest in his playing squad, with a late window move for Liverpool's Italian striker Fabio Borini also earmarked as a possibility.
But, just like the suggested Salah loan deal Borini's move wasn't completed either, although that was taken out of the hands of Inter Milan, as opposed to actively snubbing the proposal for the Chelsea star.
Salah will now stay and fight for his place in Mourinho's team, but with competition for places at an all-time high in the capital it's unlikely he's going to see much action.
With Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Willian all ahead of him in the pecking order, the Egyptian will probably have to wait until January before being able to secure regular first-team football by finding a club willing to take him on loan.