Bari's director of sport claims Roma “are afraid Adriano won't return from Brazil,” so are waiting to release Stefano Okaka.
Adriano went home for the Christmas break and was meant to arrive in Rome several days ago, but was held up by red tape.
It is holding up Under-21 international Okaka's move to Bari and director of sport Guido Angelozzi reveals the extent of the problem.
“The Okaka transfer is tied up in Adriano's return to Italy. Roma are stalling a bit because they are afraid Adriano won't return from Brazil,” said the Bari chief.
“He was meant to arrive before December 30, then due to red tape issues with his son's passport the return was moved to December 31.
“From the news I'm getting, the player could even arrive on January 6. This is really starting to irritate me, as Okaka wants to join Bari and everyone is ready, but concerns over Adriano are stalling the transfer.”