Feyenoord believe they will be unsuccessful in their attempt to take John Guidetti on loan from Manchester City for a second successive season.
The striker scored 20 goals in 23 league games on loan in Rotterdam last season, and Feyenoord had hoped to take him back to De Kuip.
But it is thought City would prefer to sell the Sweden international, and quoted Blackburn Rovers a price of £6 million when they expressed an interest in bringing him to Ewood Park.
"At the last moment, anything can happen but we are not assuming the return of John is realistic," Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel told Voetbal International.
"We do not know what City want - and besides, he needs time to recover from his injury."
Guidetti's season at Feyenoord was cut short by an infected nerve in his leg, which forced him to miss Euro 2012. He is not expected to be fit again until October.