Felipe Caicedo’s move to Italian side Lazio has collapsed due to passport issues, according to Diario AS.
The 28-year-old has been given permission to skip the club’s pre-season tour and look for a solution in his desire to move to either Lazio or La Liga new boys Girona.
Following their return to Spain’s top flight, Catalan side Girona, now linked with Man City, have already begun recruiting for the new season.
Having held discussions with Espanyol last week, it was expected that former City striker Caicedo was set to arrive across the Catalonia region.
However, a problem of wages which were set at £1.8m-a-year by the Ecuadorian have halted such a move with Girona officials unwilling to pay that amount.
Lazio were then in pole position to sign the Ecuadorian but a move has broken down at the final stage.
Reports claim that the whilst the striker gained Spanish citizenship in 2015 after marrying Maria Garcia – it is not recognised by Italian authorities and with the Serie A side already filling their two non-EU places in the squad, a move is now off.
“[His Spanish citizenship] isn’t recognised by the rest of Europe. His only valid passport is his Ecuadorian,” Diario AS quote.
Caicedo has had spells with Man City, Malaga, Sporting Lisbon, Basel, Lokomotiv Moscow and Levante before joining Espanyol.
Source: La Liga News