AC Milan have taken a step back in their pursuit of Santos midfielder Lucas Lima, according to Calciomercato.com.
Reports in Italy had suggested that the Rossoneri were lining up an offer for the reported Chelsea target, but it seems the player’s wage demands are too high.
Lima was reportedly in contract talks with a number of clubs in the summer, with Milan’s city rivals Inter also taking an interest, but the Brazilian international seems to have priced himself out of a move to the Nerrazurri as well.
Calciomercato report that after signing 11 players in the summer at a cost of €200m, finances are tight at the Rossoneri, and although Milan have continued to monitor Lima’s situation, they will only make an offer if the economic conditions are right.
The 27 year old’s contract expires in December, but his agent revealed last week he has yet to receive a concrete offer from any club in Europe. Palmeiras and Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune are believed to be two other options for the Brazilian.