Inter reportedly put talks to sign Georginio Wijnaldum on hold, with Barcelona in pole position to sign the Liverpool midfielder.
The Dutchman will see his contract expire at the end of the season, and he has recently revealed he hasn't reached an agreement with the Reds yet.
Calciomercato.com reports Inter directors have been in talks with the player's entourage for a long time, with the the Liverpool star open to joining the Nerazzurri as a free agent in the summer.
The agents' salary demands are in the region of €9-10m-a-year, plus a conspicuous signing bonus. Too much for the Nerazzurri, whose owners Suning are currently looking for reliable partners to sustain the club financially.
Inter have now put talks on hold, favouring other clubs interested in his signing, especially Barcelona.
The Catalans' interest is a concern for Inter with Ronald Koeman, who expressly requested the club to secure the services of the 30-year-old.