Manchester United and Manchester City have been dealt a potential transfer blow in their pursuit of Serbian international defender Neven Subotic.
Sky Sports ‘understands’ that the 23-year-old centre back has penned a new contract at Borussia Dortmund – ending speculation over a move to the Premier League in the New Year.
The Red Devils and Citizens – currently first and second in the English title race – have both been linked with a move, and hold a long-term interest in the player, according to the report.
Bundesliga champions Dortmund stated at the start of the month that they’d opened talks with the player over a new deal at the Westfalenstadion, with his old contract set to expire in 2014.
However, a reported two-year extension keeps Subotic with the club until 2016, as Dortmund look to make it three consecutive titles this season.
They’ve also impressed in the Champions League – taking four points off Manchester City on their way to the top of Group D.
Indeed, Roberto Mancini’s side conceded 11 goals in the opening stage of the competition on their way to a place at the bottom of the table – a stat which could explain why the Italian has been linked with a defender addition at the Etihad Stadium in the New Year.
Had Subotic moved to Manchester City, he would have competed for a place in the starting line-up alongside Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasic.
Manchester United had no problems with qualification in Europe’s premier club competition, winning Group H with two games to spare.
That hasn’t stopped questions over the defence at Old Trafford, and an injury crisis last season exposed problems that ultimately cost the Red Devils their chance at another title.
Subotic wouldn’t have been the only Serb at Manchester United if a move had happened either, with club captain Nemanja Vidic a 56-cap former international.