Internazionale sporting director Piero Ausilio has sensationally claimed the only thing stopping his side could from signing Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo are FIFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

The Italian side were recently taken over by Chinese investor the Suning Group last year and now believe they can compete with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and other clubs renowned for heavy spending in the transfer market.

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​"The new Chinese owners could comfortably buy the most famous players in the world, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, but the truth is we can't do that because of Financial Fair Play, which takes into account the development of the club," Ausilio told students at the Universita degli Studi in Milan, as quoted by ​the Independent.

"It's a path that takes time, ideas and management. We have to make as few mistakes as possible, certainly fewer than we've made this term.

"Every day I read about players we're supposed to be buying, but the truth is we must respect the salary cap. Our revenue is €200-€230m (£171-£197m), whereas Juventus – who participate regularly in the Champions League – make €400m (£343m)."

Ausilio also revealed the club tried to sign Paulo Dybala but league rivals Juventus outbid them.

"Inter tried to sign Dybala, but there was a €20m (£17.1m) difference with Juventus and in the end he went there," he added.

"Today it is not possible to think of spending €200m or €300m (£171m-£257m) on the transfer market. It's not that we don't want to, it's simply impossible."