Udinese have reported Portsmouth to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the outstanding payments for midfielder Sulley Muntari.
Muntari, now with Inter, joined Portsmouth from Udinese in 2007 for a fee believed to be in the region of £7 million and, including the the sell-on fees after his £14 million move to the San Siro in 2008, it is thought there is £3.5 million still to pay.
The deal reportedly led to the Premier League refusing to lift the club’s transfer embargo this week after two days of meetings and Portsmouth-based newspaper The News says Pompey had been looking to contact Udinese in a bid to sort out the issue.
However, this latest news could represent a major blow to any hopes of bringing in new players this month.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth executive director Mark Jacob has vowed to contest Sol Campbell’s claim he is owed £1.7 million over image rights and bonus payments.
“We are aware of it and it is being vigorously defended,” Jacob said.