Leeds star used as Real Inter bait
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real still owe Inter around £7 million from when they brought in World Cup star Ronaldo last summer - but had intended to pay off the remainder with a player rather than cash.
The problem occurred when their proffered player - Santiago Solari - was only offered poor terms by Inter.
Real immediately claimed that Inter had no intention of accepting Solari and had deliberately offered a sub-standard contract to prompt the player's refusal to move, and receive the money instead.
With the argument rumbling on - and both Inter and Real refusing to budge, it appears that Fifa will be forced to arbitrate - unless a new compromise is found.
The latest suggestion is that Raul Bravo, who has been playing for Leeds on loan, will instead be offered as part exchange to Inter.
Leeds have never looked likely to make Raul Bravo's stay at Elland Road permanent, with Real always insistent that they wished to cling onto the defender and the Yorkshire side's financial restrictions well publicised.
However, it also seems unlikely that Inter will accept the Spaniard instead of much-needed cash, leaving a complicated situation of stalemate.