Antonio Conte, the Inter Milan coach, has confirmed his desire to sign Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United.
Inter remain locked in talks with United over the Belgium striker but have yet to cough up the cash.
Lukaku has set his sights on a move to Inter and cut a disconsolate figure on Friday as he sat out training with a reputed injury.
Inter are due to face United in the International Champions Cup in Singapore on Saturday and, speaking ahead of the game, Conte confirmed his interest in Lukaku but stopped short of saying he was becoming frustrated by the wait.
“I think frustrated is a big word,” the former Chelsea manager said. “Lukaku is United’s player and this is the reality. You know very well that I like this player but also in the past when I was Chelsea’s coach and tried to bring him to Chelsea. I think today Lukaku is a player with United. This is the reality.
“I think that in this moment if you’re talking about a player from another club it’s right to not talk about Lukaku because we have great respect for United.