Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio says his club face a massive task in trying to sign Manchester City midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure this summer.
The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with a move to the San Siro, where he would team up with former Citizens head coach Roberto Mancini.
However, Ausilio expects the Nerazzurri to have to fight an uphill battle if they are to prise Toure away from the Premier League outfit.
He told the Italian media: “He may have the ambition to try out a new league, but we know it will be difficult to sign him.
“He has won everywhere he’s played and he’s comfortable at Manchester City, which is a strong club and I don’t think they would want to lose a player like him.”
Toure has been with City since the summer of 2010 and has helped the men from Manchester to win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a League Cup.
His form this season has dipped slightly from his previous stellar standards, with reigning champions City 1.10 to secure a top-four finish and Champions League football next term.
They have lost four of their last six league matches and are now only four points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool with six games still to play, with Southampton a point behind the Reds.
Next up is a visit from West Ham on Sunday, with the Citizens aiming to exact revenge for a 2-1 defeat at Upton Park in late October, when goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Diafra Sakho gave the hosts all three points.