Arsenal and Chelsea's slim hopes of stealing Paul Pogba away from Juventus look set to be quashed as Gianluigi Buffon believes the young midfielder will commit to a new deal very soon.
Manchester United have been kicking themselves since he left them to join the Serie A giants in the summer of 2012, as he has continually improved and is now considered one of the most exciting young players in world football.
Money was the problem at Old Trafford and new terms couldn't be agreed, but it appears as though the Bianconeri also couldn't get him tied down to a water-tight deal, as both Chelsea and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in him - though he is rated at a hefty price tag of £30million
The Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has an abundance of midfield talent, but the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are at ages where it would not hurt to consider long-term contingencies to replace them - and Pogba would be some replacement.
Jose Mourinho has a similar problem at Chelsea in that Blues legend Frank Lampard is coming into the latter stages of his career and signing Pogba would go some way to replacing his drive and goalscoring threat.
However, Juve's veteran goalkeeper, Buffon, is confident the Premier League duo will be disappointed and the 20-year-old France international will put pen to paper on an improved deal to tie him down to the Serie A champions.
"If Arturo [Vidal], with all the offers he had, signed with Juve, it means there is an important project here," Buffon is quoted as telling the Italian press by talkSPORT.
"It means that the best, most decorated players, believe they can achieve everything in the game here."And I think you'll see that with Pogba. I don't know when [he will sign] but I'm sure it's just a matter of days."