Given the lack of progress over a move, Santa Cruz took to the press to try and advance his position:
It all sounds fairly stern stuff from Santa Cruz - who is not a stranger to putting his message out via the press - and I imagine Blackburn will soon have to decide what path they want to follow with him.
"The truth is that I do not know how much they [Blackburn] want, actually I thought that what they were now offered, £16m, would be accepted," Santa Cruz, 27, told a Paraguayan radio station, Futbol a lo Grande.
"But apparently they are concerned about not finding a replacement when I go; that is what is giving them doubts.
"You hear all the time that the club have asked for £20m and I don't know if City are going to offer that or if they are going to increase their bid. For US$35m–37m (£25.4m) Blackburn said that I will be allowed to leave.
"I will communicate and talk to the club and the coach, they know my position. I want to go."
I would still be extremely surprised if he didn't sign with us by the end of January, with both clubs giving a little to get the deal done - although it may well go to the wire to get completed.