Juventus playmaker Arturo Vidal is set to snub interest from Manchester United and Barcelona in favour of staying in Italy.
The Chilean international playmaker, who earned a €100million price tag after an impressive start to the season, had been linked with a move away from Serie ‘A’.
However, Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta claims the 26-year-old is on the verge of penning a new deal that would keep him with the champions until June 2018.
"Vidal's contract extension is imminent," Marotta told Tuttomercatoweb.
After notching 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions last season, it’s no surprise to see big clubs in both the Premier League and La Liga linked with a move.
Sky Sports reported at the end of November that Manchester United were keen on the player, who left the Bundesliga for Italy in 2011.
David Moyes had a summer transfer window to forget at Old Trafford after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, bringing Marouane Fellaini to the club but missing out on a host of other Red Devils targets.
The arrival of Vidal would be a major coup for the champions, but it appears Manchester United will now have to look elsewhere in the transfer window.
Gerardo Martino’s side lead the La Liga title race as they look to retain their crown, but are yet to find top gear in Catalonia under the new manager.
Vidal could have provided the Blaugrana with an additional attacking option, but now seems like an unlikely transfer possibility.