Long-time Liverpool target Yann M'Vila has admitted his desire to play in the Barclays Premier League - for Manchester United.
Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli has been keeping close tabs on the player in recent months with a view to a permanent move for the player, but it now appears the Anfield outfit will miss out on the defensive midfielder.
M'Vila has been a revelation for Rennes in Ligue 1 this season, building on his fine form for the club at the end of last season, which led to his first international call-up for Les Bleus.
Comolli was hoping to use his French contacts in an effort to steal a march for Liverpool in the race to sign the player, but his desire to join their arch-rivals is likely to prove a major stumbling block should they continue to pursue the player.
"Manchester United is the club of my dreams. It's a very prestigious club and I dream to play for them," talkSPORT quotes the player as saying.
Sir Alex Ferguson's interest in the player is thought to be relatively new, with Manchester United first linked with a move in mid-December.
The omission is likely to intensify the Red Devils' chase for the player, and the key part of the deal will be if Manchester United can agree a fee to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Liverpool were reportedly ready to pay in the region of £16 million for M'Vila's services, with interest from Real Madrid also affecting the player's price.
A Barclays Premier League move is more likely than La Liga though, and Manchester United appear to hold the aces in the race to sign one of Liverpool's top targets.