Manchester United and Chelsea look set to miss out on Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
The veteran midfielder has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent months, with his contract at Juventus set to expire at the end of the season.
It appears that interested English parties are to be disappointed at the end of the season however, with The Daily Star reporting that AC Milan are ready to bring the 34-year-old back to the San Siro.
Pirlo spent a decade with the club between 2001 and 2011, and the Serie ‘A’ giants are ready to offer the playmaker £3.35million a year to secure his services once again.
It’s sure to be a blow to interested parties, of which Manchester United are reported to be one.
New manager David Moyes had a summer transfer window to forget after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils helm, missing out on a number of targets before securing the services of Marouane Fellaini at Old Trafford.
Despite a recent resurgence, Manchester United made a difficult start to the season, and remain a little off the pace in the race for the Premier League title this term.
And, whilst Pirlo wouldn’t have arrived until next summer, news of his signature would have been a major boost for everyone involved with the Red Devils.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has also been linked with a move for the player, having seen his ability first hand during a successful managerial spell in Italy.
The Blues have generally strengthened with young players in recent times, with the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku all moving to Stamford Bridge.
Whilst Pirlo doesn't follow this pattern, his ability makes him a difficult transfer prospect to turn down, and it's easy to see why Chelsea have been linked with the player.
However, a move for the Italian to west London now looks unlikely.