Roberto Mancini is reported to be furious over Manchester City's failure to wrap up a deal for Robin van Persie.
According to The Daily Mirror, Mancini is failing to overpower the influence of City's chief football administrator, Brian Marwood.
Marwood is keen to offload either Edin Dzeko, Carlos Tevez or Emmanuel Adebayor before signing another striker. Adebayor remains most likely to leave the Etihad, but after his move to Tottenham hit a stumbling block, Mancini faces further frustration before landing his key target.
Adebayor is currently paid £175,000 per week, a significant sum for a player who has spent the last 18 months away from the Premier League champions.
With the FIFA Financial Fair Play rules being imposed before the start of the 2013-14 season, Marwood is seeking to cut the club's wage bill. City's billionaire owners are aware of this, and cannot offer full support to Mancini's transfer dealings.
The Daily Mail reports Manchester United and Juventus have had bids rejected for van Persie. Both are thought to be in the region of £16.25 million as Arsenal continue to hold out for a bid matching the £20 million valuation set by the club.
Van Persie is said to favor a move to Serie A. If a bid from Juventus fails to materialize, reports suggest United are top of his list (via The Independent).
Mancini's quest to land van Persie seems to be losing heat, and with the new transfer restrictions coming into place, the Italian may be forced concede defeat.