Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur appear set to miss out on Andrea Pirlo after Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta claimed a ‘solution’ will be found in February.
The Italian legend has been heavily linked with a move to England, with the Blues, Spurs and Manchester United all reportedly keen on the veteran playmaker.
However, the interested English trio all look set to be disappointed next month, with Marotta claiming the player is happy with the Old Lady and that initial talks have already taken place.
"Pirlo's contract? He said last week that he feels happy here. We have talked with each other and in February we will find a solution to continue together,” he told Radio Rai.
The 34-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and is free to move to another club in the summer. He could also negotiate a pre-contract with a Premier League club at any time.
That appears unlikely to happen though, meaning Chelsea will have to take their transfer search elsewhere this month.
The Blues aren't short of options in midfield, with manager Jose Mourinho rotating his stars as they challenge for trophies on multiple fronts.
Pirlo would have added some additional experience to the ranks at Stamford Bridge, but that responsibility will continue to fall on the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
Options are slightly more limited at Tottenham Hotspur though, with Tim Sherwood working to a less extravagant budget in north London.
That hasn't stopped speculation over a move to White Hart Lane in the recent past however, with Gianluca Vialli claiming the two parties were in talks over a move in October.
The Italian's claims appeared to be unfounded however, and now Spurs will also need to look elsewhere before the close of the window on January 31st.