The completion of Cristiano Ronaldo's move from Real Madrid to Juventus is seemingly only a matter of time.
Real Madrid chief now wants 150m for Cristiano, says La Stampa
However, a not insignificant stumbling block will reportedly have to be overcome first: the Italian newspaper La Stampa has revealed that Real president Florentino Pérez now wants 150 million euros for the Portuguese striker.
The Turin-based daily says that Pérez is unhappy with Cristiano and his agent, Jorge Mendes, over the way they have handled his mooted departure from the Bernabéu, and is now determined not to let the 33-year-old leave for the 100-million-euro fee that had been expected to persuade him to sell.
Pérez "won't be negotiated down to less than 130m"
"He [Pérez] is asking for 150m and, according to sources close to him, won't be negotiated down to less than 130m," claims La Stampa's report.
Although this development appears to dent Juventus' hopes of bringing the deal to a swift conclusion, the Serie A champions' optimism that they'll get the Ballon d'Or holder's signing over the line is said to remain unaffected.
There is still absolute confidence that, sooner or later, Cristiano will pull on the famous black and white shirt.